West Slope

April 14, 2015--GarCo urges West Slope water summit (Post Independent)

Garfield County proposes to host a summit among Western Slope water interests in an effort to present a “united voice” on the prospect of new transmountain diversions, and how that would be stated in the forthcoming Colorado Water Plan.


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 18, 2015--Western Slope legislators dismayed over Senate water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Colorado Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a water bill that made some Western Slope lawmakers a bit uneasy. The measure, SB183, requires water court judges, when considering changes in water uses, to decide based on actual historical use of that water, rather than uses not approved by a prior water decree. Several Western Slope lawmakers from both parties questioned why such


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 19, 2015--Bumpy route for moving water (Pueblo Chieftain)

Can the Western Slope ever come to terms with a future proposal to move water across the Continental Divide? That’s one question that is emerging as the state water plan moves into its sophomore year. Part of the draft water plan presented to Gov. John Hickenlooper in December includes principles for Colorado River Development.


December 19, 2014--Agriculture a major priority in water talks (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Protecting Western Slope agriculture appears to be one area of agreement as the region looks for ways of speaking with one voice on Colorado water issues. That was one takeaway from what was effectively a Western Slope water summit held Thursday in Grand Junction with the goal of presenting some consolidated messages on the state’s newly drafted water plan.


December 12, 2014--State water plan: New Colorado River diversion possible (Sky-Hi News)

Western Slope water interests still reeling from the Gross Expansion Project may barely have enough time to catch their breath before they’re again summoned to the bargaining table. The Colorado Water Conservation Board presented the first full draft of its 2014 Colorado Water Plan to Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday, Dec.


December 9, 2014--Southwest Basin Water Roundtable holds meetings to discuss plan (Cortez Journal)

Colorado has a difficult water problem. Eighty percent of its water is on the Western Slope, but 80 percent of its population is on the Front Range. Adding to the problem are estimates that Colorado’s population will increase from 5 million to 10 million by 2050, the majority of which will live on the Front Range.


December 8, 2014--Colorado's first water plan 'a good first step' (Denver Business Journal)

The final draft of Colorado's first formal water plan will be delivered to Gov. John Hickenlooper this week, and it's being characterized by water experts as a "good first step" toward building state-wide consensus on what can and must be done to meet the needs of a growing population.


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