South Platte Roundtable Wants in on West Slope Water Study

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The bathtub ring in Lake Powell in October 2014. (Photo Credit: BRENT GARDNER-SMITH/ASPEN JOURNALISM)

Article courtesy of Brent Gardner-Smith | Feb 17, 2016 | Aspen Journalism | Shared as educational material

An official body representing South Platte River water users wants a say in a pending study of how much more can be diverted from Western Slope rivers before Lake Powell drops to a level that stops the turbines in Glen Canyon Dam and makes it harder to meet downstream flow obligations. The West Slope water study has been proposed by the Colorado River District and the Southwest Water Conservancy District in coordination with the four West Slope basin roundtables — the Colorado, Gunnison, Yampa-White and Southwest roundtables. And while the study is meant to answer questions about water availability for the West Slope groups, the information produced will likely be of interest to water providers from San Diego to Greeley. Read more online: http://bit.ly/1U8V9Ju

 

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