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Gibbs joins H2O committee

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SILVERTHORNE – State Representative Dan Gibbs, D-Silverthorne, has joined the landmark Colorado Interbasin Water Compact Committee.Rep. Gibbs was appointed by State Representative Kathleen Curry, a Gunnison rancher and chairwoman of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee. Gibbs is the only House member on the committee. “I’m excited to be a part of this ambitious effort to identify future water needs for the state and develop consensus solutions to address those needs.” Gibbs said. “Water is key to our state’s long-term health, so we have to find ways to share this precious resource.” The Interbasin Compact Process created a framework to encourage communication on water by broadening the range of stakeholders who actively participate in the state’s water decisions. It also created a locally driven process where the decision-making power rests with those living in the state’s nine river basins. The roundtables are made up of a set of designated members, 10 at-large members, non-voting members, agency liaisons, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board member from that basin. “Colorado has to work together on water,” Gibbs said. “Water sources will not meet our growing demands in the future if we don’t plan accordingly.” For more information on the committee, and for a list of upcoming meetings, please visit: http://www.ibcc.state.co.us.