Rifle: Middle Colorado River Partnership seminar recap

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Fromthe Glenwood Springs Post Independent (Heidi Rice):

Friday morning, about 25 people — including city and county officials and concerned citizens — attended a meeting in Rifle to listen to a presentation by Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, and Mike Wilde, a former teacher for Glenwood Springs High School on water education and member of the MCRWP steering committee. The presentation, which was the third in a series of educational meetings held by the group, was titled: “The Colorado River: People, Policies and Plumbing.”

“This was about the plumbing of the Colorado — what goes in and out,” Wilde said. “The Colorado River is incredibly used and is a spoken for river today.”

“The oil and gas industry is not a large user of water,” Kuhn summed up. “But oil shale potentially is.”[…]

At this time, the [Middle Colorado River Partnership] is applying for 319 funding for watershed planning activities and waiting to hear whether it will receive a $64,600 federal grant, with a $72,200 matching grant, for a total of $136,800. The money will allow the group to complete studies that will hopefully increase awareness of the Middle Colorado River Watershed and the state of the river.

More Colorado River basin coverage here.

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