Colorado River District to host water meeting at Avalon Theatre
Learn about the present, past and future of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers in Mesa County at an upcoming event.
The Colorado River District and the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) will host the “State of the Rivers — Mesa County” meeting on Thursday, May 21, from 6-8 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre (645 Main St., Grand Junction).
The public meeting will provide an overview of expected river flows in the Colorado and Gunnison rivers as well as how the Bureau of Reclamation expects to operate Green Mountain and Blue Mesa reservoirs. The keynote speaker is Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District. He will address how 16 years of drought have brought the West to a crisis point with reservoir levels at Lakes Powell and Mead and what that means for Colorado as a state.
The evening concludes with a report and a panel discussion from local farmers and ranchers who toured California to examine how irrigation districts have embarked on water sharing with cities. Former County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca, also a former River District Board member, attended the tour and will lead the discussion.
Water sharing is a big topic with the Colorado Water Plan now being written and is the subject of water banking studies by the Colorado River District and other entities who want to make sure agriculture in Western Colorado survives pressures from population growth.
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