Colorado official warns of lawsuits over Colorado River |

Colorado official warns of lawsuits over Colorado River

DENVER – Colorado’s top lawyer warned Wednesday the state should be ready in case other states sue for more water from the Colorado River, saying a loss could be devastating.Colorado and six other states share water from the river under the 1922 Colorado River Compact, but they are often at odds have been unable to agree on a plan to manage the river during droughts.Colorado Attorney General John Suthers persuaded the Legislature this year to allocate $759,000 to hire a lawyer to scan documents. Suthers told lawmakers, who ended their 2006 session Monday, that downstream states such as California and Arizona are expected to pour millions of dollars into getting every drop of water from the compact.Any gains they make would come at Colorado’s expense, he said.”That will be something that will have an immediate impact on the future of Colorado,” Suthers said.Members of the Colorado River Compact are Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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