Colorado River Cooperative Agreement

Colorado's largest water utility and two western counties have ratified a deal aimed at balancing the Denver-area's demand for water with the needs of mountain communities and avoiding costly legal battles. Denver Water and the leaders of Grand and Summit counties signed the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement in May along with the Colorado River District and the Clinton Ditch & Reservoir Company. The deal has been in the works for six years. The negotiations were challenging because of Colorado's complicated water laws and a history of distrust between eastern and western Colorado over water.