June 16, 2007--Ritter names water task force (Durango Herald)

Gov. Ritter appointed a South Platte River Basin Task Force to examine water issues and recommend possible solutions for water users in the northeast Colorado basin. The task force is to consider whether there are any changes to current water law or policy that will provide relief to junior water users without injuring senior water right holders. Morgan County officials told Ritter the county faces "economic catastrophe" unless they get emergency help for farmers whose water wells were shut down by the state in a water rights dispute. They asked for an emergency executive order for a moratorium on shutdowns for two years.

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