Seminar to look at Colorado River water development |

Seminar to look at Colorado River water development

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Sitting at the headwaters of the Colorado River, it’s easy to look downstream and point an accusatory finger at water-guzzling states like Arizona, Nevada and California.

But based on a 90-year-old treaty, Colorado is obligated deliver about 70 percent of the river’s flow to downstream states. Water experts will take a close look at how the state can allocate the 30 percent remaining for Colorado at an upcoming seminar in Grand Junction.

“Can Colorado develop in-state agreements to ensure water is available for West Slope uses in the future? Or will it all go to the rapidly growing Front Range simple because it needs the water now,” said Jim Pokrandt, communications specialist with the Colorado River Water Conservation District.

This year’s seminar focuses on how Colorado should deal with the last increment of the Colorado River that can be developed.

Sitting on the lead panel of this year’s program are Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs as moderator, renowned water attorney David Robbins, Colorado River District General Manager Eric Kuhn and state Sen. Josh Penry, discussing how the Colorado River should be shared.

Other panels will examine how a water-rights bank might stave off an interstate curtailment order, the Front Range Water Council’s vision for future water supplies, Denver Water’s innovative conservation plan and an update of a soon-to-be-released study of the energy industry’s future demand for water supply on the Western Slope.

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