Colorado River Water Conservation District

Two West Slope Water Conservation Districts Jointly Adopt Principles for Addressing Colorado River Drought Conditions

The two Water Conservation Districts that comprise the entire Colorado River basin in Colorado adopted implementation principles concerning how the current, extended drought conditions are addressed on the Colorado River’s storage system.

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.


April 5, 2015--California drought could impact Western Slope (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Even before California declared mandatory water restrictions last week, water purveyors in the Golden State were paying top dollar for water already in the state.


March 2, 2015--State Supreme Court to weigh water diversion (Aspen Journal)

A water court case in Pueblo over the size of water rights from the upper Fryingpan River delivered through the Busk-Ivanhoe tunnel to the East Slope has now blossomed into a Colorado Supreme Court case full of powerful interests opposing each other across the Continental Divide.


January 23, 2015--A conversation with Jim Lochhead and Eric Kuhn on water supply, transbasin diversions, conservation and more (CFWE)

Transbasin diversions have had a long, changing and important history redistributing water across Colorado.  In partnership, the Colorado Water Congress and Colorado Foundation for Water Education coordinated a series of webinars looking at these projects and exploring questions that are arising in the drafting of Colorado’s Water Plan.


January 16, 2015--Federal grant money flows to West Slope water projects (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Nearly $10 million in federal funding will go to boost water efficiency in the Gunnison Basin and boost the generation of electricity from irrigation systems.


December 1, 2014--Colorado River Basin to state: Not so fast (Aspen Times)

The Colorado River Basin Roundtable last week pushed back against a perception that Western Slope interests have reached an agreement about a conceptual transmountain diversion, as indicated by a draft of the Colorado Water Plan and recent remarks by James Eklund, the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.


November 23, 2014--Regional officials skeptical as draft of water plan emerges (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado’s first stab at a statewide water plan makes no direct call for a new transmountain diversion of West Slope water to the Front Range. That doesn’t mean West Slope water is off the table, though, said observers and a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Far from it.


November 9, 2014--Colorado girds for proliferating people and increasingly scarce water (Denver Post)

Colorado is looking for 163 billion gallons of water, and a long-awaited state plan for finding it calls for increased conservation, reusing treated wastewater and diverting more water from the Western Slope. The plan, ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper to deal with a massive projected water shortfall, is about to be unveiled.


October 27, 2014--Water official: Address Western Slope concerns (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Western Slope water official wants to make sure that even if a draft state water plan doesn’t solve conflicts over Colorado River basin issues, it at least fully acknowledges their existence. Dan Birch, deputy general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, made the request in an Oct. 10 letter to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.


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