Recreational In-Channel Diversions

January 23, 2014--County acquires water rights for whitewater parks (Sky-Hi News)

Grand County was awarded historic water rights for two whitewater parks on the Colorado River in a recent water decree entered by Judge Boyd in Division 5 Water Court. The Hot Sulphur Springs Whitewater Park was granted water rights for flows ranging from 250 to 850 cfs. The Gore Canyon Whitewater Park was granted water rights for flows ranging from 860 to 1500 cfs.


Nonconsumptive Needs Assessment Public Meeting (Cortez, CO)

The Nonconsumptive Needs Assessment committee for the Southwest Basin Roundtable is working to finalize mapping for prioritization of recreational and environmental uses of the basin's water resources. Draft mapping has been completed showing priority stream reaches as identified by this committee.

March 29, 2008--Whitewater park on San Miguel River a possibility (Telluride Watch)

Although the San Miguel County Commissioners expressed concern over the proposed location of a white water play park on the San Miguel River next to Applebaugh Park in Placerville, the general consensus was that the San Miguel Whitewater Association should move forward with plans in creating a whitewater park somewhere on the San Miguel.


March 28, 2008--Limits to be placed on canyon boat trips (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The U.S. Forest Service has decided to cap total commercial boating trips in Glenwood Canyon at a level based largely on the restrictions already in place for individual outfitters. The Forest Service announced a decision Thursday to limit capacity to 71,500 service days for commercial rafting companies and 750 service days for commercial kayaking outfits.


March 11, 2008--Spill thrills ahead (Durango Herald)

The lower stretches of the San Juan in Utah are already running high due to water releases from Navajo Dam. On Wednesday, the lower stretch of the river near Bluff was running at more than 5,000 cubic feet per second, and a fat snowpack promises to keep the water flowing out of Navajo Dam and the river at runnable levels for months to come.


February 1, 2008--Profit flows from healthy rivers (Pagosa Daily Post)

According to new information released by The Environmental Defense Fund, a national conservation organization, there is a financial incentive to changing how Colorado handles its water.  Citing a direct relationship between healthy rivers and recreational spending, experts believe slight increases in water flows would generate $4.4 million in income and an additional 340 jo


January 31, 2008--Groups back bills to boost flows in state waterways (Rocky Mountain News)

Environmentalists and outdoor recreation interests on Wednesday endorsed a package of bills designed to make it easier to leave water in Colorado's streams and rivers.


January 24, 2008--Commercial rafting limits in Glenwood Canyon? (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

The Forest Service may limit the number of total commercial rafting and kayaking trips that can boat through the Shoshone rapids area on the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. The announcement came as no surprise to some area outfitters.


January 15, 2008--Four states, two tribes vie for Soutwest Colorado runoff (Cortez Journal)

The Colorado River Compact binds all parts of the state together in a struggle for water against the downstream states - California, Arizona and Nevada. But Southwest Colorado wrestles with its own particular water issues, thanks to its geography.


January 6, 2008--Making a splash: Recreation new kid on the block (Pueblo Chieftain)

Tourists, and a lot of the state’s residents, are drawn to Colorado because of the recreation opportunities that abound. Many of those activities involve dependable supplies of water.


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