West Slope

February 3, 2016--PRID shareholders hear about State Water Plan (Pine River Times)

The final Colorado Water Plan released in November 2015 is "a significant improvement" over the first draft released in December 2014, water engineer Steve Harris told Pine River Irrigation District shareholders at the Jan.


December 10, 2015--West Slope officials reviewing water plan (Business Times)

Although Western Colorado officials are still reviewing a new statewide water plan, they’ve already raised concerns about transmountain diversions and called for a broader approach to development. Moreover, any legislative action on the plan during the upcoming session could be premature. “We need a chance for legislators to digest this,” said John McClow, a represen


November 25, 2015--Colorado plan tackles state water shortages (Crested Butte News)

Last week, Colorado adopted a comprehensive, $20 billion water plan—the state’s first, designed to close the gap between projected water demand and supply. The plan made headlines across the state, in part because Governor Hickenlooper emphasized its potential to avoid the diversion of more water across mountains.


November 20, 2015--Colorado Water Plan's impact on Western Slope (Western Slope Now)

State leaders celebrated the completion of Colorado's first ever water plan, a comprehensive approach to solving the state's future water supply gap. State projections indicated by the year 2050, Colorado would have a supply gap of about 560,000 acre-feet of water.  That is equivalent to about 180 billion gallons of water per year. Hannah Holm, the coordinator of the Hutc


November 15, 2015--Western Slope lawmakers: We’re all in this together when it comes to state water plan (Colorado Statesman)

Colorado boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in the U.S. We are blessed with incredible and contrasting natural beauty — from red-rock canyons to majestic mountains, Front Range foothills and rolling Eastern Plains. We live in Colorado because we love being here.


October 21, 2015--Petition: No 
more water 
diversions to
 Front Range (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The soon-to-be completed first version of the Colorado water plan should reject a new diversion of water from the Western Slope to the Front Range, according to a group of Western Slope stakeholders. Citizens for West Slope Water on Tuesday delivered a petition to Gov.


August 24, 2015--Water fight stirs up old rivalries in Colorado (Wall Street Journal)

As many as 60,000 tourists raft the Colorado River above this scenic canyon town each summer, and local boosters want to keep them coming—by diverting some of the river’s flow to feed a new network of white-water recreation parks.


July 20, 2015--2nd version of water plan to set key principles (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The second version of the Colorado Water Plan offers some assurance to the Western Slope about the process for deciding how the state will deal with water issues, but it still leaves the Western Slope open to pressure from the east and west, water officials said. The second version of the plan unveiled this month also earned plaudits from environmental organizations for its emphasis on con


April 14, 2015--GarCo urges West Slope water summit (Post Independent)

Garfield County proposes to host a summit among Western Slope water interests in an effort to present a “united voice” on the prospect of new transmountain diversions, and how that would be stated in the forthcoming Colorado Water Plan.


April 8, 2015--West Slope could use own water plan, managers say (Grand Junction Sentinel)

It might not be enough for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to be considering a statewide water plan, said water managers and growers on Tuesday. “Maybe the West Slope needs to have one, too,” said Larry Clever, general manager of the Ute Water Conservancy District.


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