Meeting to explain water leasing for instream flows |

Meeting to explain water leasing for instream flows

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Roaring Fork Conservancy and the Colorado Water Trust are introducing a pilot water leasing program to the Roaring Fork Valley in response to the drought conditions expected this year.

The program will be undertaken in conjunction with the Colorado Water Conservation Board under the state agency’s short-term water right loan statute. This law allows a water right owner to loan water to the state water board to maintain instream flows for up to 120 days.

Instream flow water rights provide legal, in-channel water to benefit the environment.

The Colorado Water Trust will facilitate and pay for the leases under the state statute.

A public informational meeting on the program is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at Carbondale Town Hall.

More information on the Requests for Water 2012 program on the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s website at

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