Learn about the state of the Colorado River
With the last of the winter snow melted, local organizations are set to discuss issues facing the Colorado River in an annual event from 6-8 p.m. today at the Ute Theatre.
The Rifle State of the River, hosted by Colorado River District and Middle Colorado Watershed Council, allows those dependent on the water to get information on the climate report, local projects and experiments.
“This annual spring event has become a favorite for water managers and members of the public to talk about the state of the Colorado River and what kind of water year we can expect,” said Watershed Council Executive Director Laurie Rink in the press release.
The event will include several presentations by those involved with water throughout the district, including Scot Dodero, president of Silt Water Conservancy District, who will talk about the Silt irrigation project and its challenges. Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District, will address basin-wide challenges facing the Colorado River and Lake Power.
“It’s a great opportunity for the public to better understand water issues in the area,” said Annie Whetzel, community outreach coordinator with Middle Colorado Watershed Council. “The presentation should encompass what’s happening upstream, downstream and right here in Rifle.”
The Middle Colorado Watershed Council serves the stretch of the Colorado River that extends from Glenwood Canyon to De Beque and includes all the streams that flow into the river.
To close out the event, Grand Valley Water Users Association President Mark Harris will discuss the water banking experiment.
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