Conservation groups hail Hickenlooper for additional Water Plan funding
November 2, 2018
On Thursday, several Colorado conservation and river advocacy groups praised Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposal to add a record $30 million to implement Colorado's Water Plan and help the state prevent water shortages as the state continues to experience an extended drought.
In his budget request for fiscal year 2019-2020, the governor proposes to invest $30 million over the next three years from the general fund, on top of funds already earmarked for water projects that benefit river health and our communities across the state.
The groups – Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Environmental Defense Fund, Western Resource Advocates, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Colorado, American Rivers and Audubon — called the proposal a "smart investment in healthy rivers that will have ripple effects across Colorado."
"This budget request is a recognition of the importance of water to Colorado families, of water challenges that Colorado could face, and the imperative that Colorado secures its water future," the groups said. "This is a tremendous step forward, and a sustainable water future for Colorado families will require continued investments. We look forward to working with the next governor and the legislature on longer-term commitments that will ensure the state has the resources to fully implement the Colorado Water Plan."
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