Interbasin Roundtables

Southwest Basin Roundtable

There were two roundtable meetings conducted since the last WIP newsletter in June. One was July 7th in Durango and more recently September 8th in Cortez. The July meeting provided a summary of Southwest Basin Roundtable projects. From 2007 through June, 2010 there have been a total of 23 Southwest Basin Roundtable Projects funded.

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.

June 8, 2010--Conserve or cooperate? Water dilemma explored (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Western Slope wants the Front Range to conserve more water before another drop comes across the Continental Divide. In the Arkansas River basin, resources are stretched to the limit and every option — bringing more water over, conservation, more storage and even drying up farms — needs to be considered.

June 4, 2010--Crowded basin hunts for water answers (Pueblo Chieftain)

Sixty years ago, El Paso County had half the population of Pueblo County. Today, its growth has created a water need that threatens to crowd others out of the picture. That’s one of the reasons why the Arkansas Basin Roundtable has been meeting for the past five years, explained Gary Barber, chairman of the roundtable, at a public outreach meeting Thursday.

May 11, 2010--Water report irritates some (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Colorado River Basin might carry a nebulous range of zero to 1 million acre feet of water available for farms, new homes and businesses, a study suggests. Climate change also leaves the basin with as much as 13 percent more snowfall, but earlier runoffs could mean late-season water shortages, said the report, which was presented Monday to water users and others.

January 29, 2010--Ritter urges action on water issues (Pueblo Chieftain)

Gov. Bill Ritter outlined three “pillars” for providing water to Colorado in the future at Thursday’s opening session of the Colorado Water Congress. “We face really serious challenges,” Ritter told the group at its 52nd annual convention.

January 17, 2010--Should state study drying up cities? (Pueblo Chieftain)

Gunnison Basin water users are bristling at suggestions made last summer to the Interbasin Compact Committee, saying their concerns about economy and environment are equal to Front Range alarm at potential changes in the “urban landscape.” The Gunnison Basin Roundtable responded this month to letters from the Arkansas Basin Roundtable and the Front Range Water Council in July asking

January 16, 2010--Basin report unveils range of concerns (Pueblo Chieftain)

A new report by the Arkansas Basin Roundtable summarizing the first four years of its work sparked comments this week from roundtable members. On one hand, most all are pleased with the work so far.

Water District Workshop (Grand Junction, CO)

11/24/2009 12:20 am

For more information and/or to register, call (970) 248-0616.

November 22, 2009--Roundtable rates water strategies for valley (Pueblo Chieftain)

Sharing water, municipal conservation and tamarisk removal were listed as the best ways to improve water supply in a recent survey of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable.

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