December 30, 2011--Transmountain water deal still on hold (Summit Voice)

An agreement touted last April as ending Colorado’s transmountain water wars is still on hold, pending final approval by 35 different entities that are part of the deal. The biggest remaining questions are tied to the administration of water rights in Green Mountain Reservoir, in northern Summit County, and water rights associated with the operation Xcel’s Shoshone power plant in Glenwood Canyon. Specifically, water users in the Grand Valley, around Grand Junction, want to be sure that the final language formalizes existing agreements to maintain critical flows below Glenwood Canyon. All the key stakeholders remain committed to the overall agreement, pending resolution of the complex water rights issues. "Denver Water is still committed to the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement, and we are ready to sign,” spokesperson Stacy Chesney said.

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