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Basins pool ideas for state water future

The future of water in Colorado could, in part, be shaped by eight upcoming meetings.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is holding the meetings, which begin in January and will be held in each of the state’s eight river basins, to gather ideas and input into how the state can best achieve eight objectives.

The objectives are aimed at:

– Meeting municipal, industrial and agricultural demands in a sustainable manner;

– Optimizing existing water supplies;

– Enhancing recreational opportunities;

– Providing for environmental enhancement;

– Promoting cost-effectiveness;

– Protecting cultural values;

– Providing for operational flexibility;

– Complying with applicable laws and regulations.

These objectives are part of an 18-month, three-phase, $3 million study called the Statewide Water Supply Initiative, or SWSI. It began in August.

The first phase of the study was to determine the critical objectives, according to a news release from the state water board.

Phase two is proposed to “analyze existing and future water supply and demand for each basin and consider a wide range of solutions to meet any unmet demand.”

“They’re doing this basin-by-basin across the state,” said Colorado River Water Conservation District spokesman Chris Treese of Glenwood Springs. “They’ll be looking at water supply, demand and foreseeable demand and alternatives for meeting future demands.”

The Colorado River Basin meeting is set for Jan. 21 in Glenwood Springs, but no specific time or place has yet been determined.

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“Everything’s on the table and they haven’t begun to narrow it down,” Treese said.

Final decisions are expected to be made by the end of 2004.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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