CWCB: Colorado River water availability study should be done by the end of the year

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The state estimates there are between 400,000 and 1.4 million acre-feet left for development west of the Continental Divide, but the amount varies widely and overall patterns could be affected by climate change…

“The first phase will have a consumptive use analysis associated with climate change,” said Ray Alvarado, a CWCB staffer. The second phase will look at various basins on the Colorado River to determine where Colorado would have the opportunity to develop more water. “It will answer the questions of, ‘Is the water physically available?’ and ‘Is the water legally available?’ ” Alvarado said.

The CWCB is also evaluating projects that would bring water over the mountains, including the Flaming Gorge pipeline and pumpback projects from the Yampa River, the Colorado River near Grand Junction, Green Mountain Reservoir and Blue Mesa on the Gunnison…

Technical meetings with regional water users are planned for next week in Glenwood Springs and Colorado Springs to further identify factors that should be included. The Colorado Springs meeting will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Room A260B.

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