Can the two sides, with the help of a mutually trusted expert, agree on how much water can be taken out of the creeks?
The city of Glenwood Springs seeks new recreational water rights tied to play waves on the Colroado River at No Name, Horseshoe Bend and above Two Rivers Park.
SB 14-115 challenges Hickenlooper’s call for river “roundtables” and the CWCB to write the plan.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board on Monday unanimously ruled in favor of Pitkin County’s effort to create a new water right for a kayak park in Basalt on the Roaring Fork River.
The law, passed in 1973, allows the CWCB to hold instream flow rights to help “protect the environment to a reasonable degree.”
Faced with a growing population, representatives of water interests on the Front Range want to plan for additional diversions, or “new supply,” from the Western Slope. Still in doubt is whether that water is available.
Continued drought could leave too little water from the Colorado River in Lake Powell for the eight giant turbines in the dam to produce electricity.
“The notion that increasing demands on the Front Range can always be met with a new supply from the Colorado River, or any other river, (is) no longer valid,” the roundtable’s position paper states.
SkiCo stands by its support of a bill that would protect its water rights, but, potentially, harm rivers, according to American Rivers and other environmental groups.
American Rivers says the bill will have serious implications for water management across the country.