Four West Slope Roundtables Meeting

There was a four west slope roundtables meeting conducted in Grand Junction on May 10th. Representatives from the Colorado, Gunnison, Southwestern, and Yampa/White Roundtables met for the first time to discuss a variety of topics. Central among them, however, was the Colorado River Water Availability Study. Key findings of the study indicate the Colorado River Basin might have from zero to one million acre feet of water available for farms, new homes, and businesses. Climate change also leaves the basin with as much as 13 percent more snowfall, but earlier runoffs could mean late-season water shortages.  The goal of the study—to determine how much water remains for Western Slope and Front Range development—came under some fire at the meeting, however. Public comments on the study have been extended to July 21st; it is available for viewing on the CWCB website ( While the majority of the day was devoted to this study, other topics s included non-consumptive studies, recovery programs, west slope water bank, and selenium control.