Arkansas Basin Roundtable update

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The roundtable is working with the Colorado Water Conservation Board on a report of its activities since 2005 — a task every roundtable is undertaking as part of the Statewide Water Supply Initiative. Those reports will go to Gov. John Hickenlooper in June…

In 2009, the roundtable listed its most pressing consumptive and nonconsumptive needs, as well as highlighting major activities. The report also listed how Water Supply Reserve Account funds were spent and detailed the roundtable’s preferences for future water supply projects or activities. Essentially, the roundtable is being asked to polish that report and add what it’s learned since the 2009 report, Barber said…

The [Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District] board last year sponsored a “tipping point” study that provided a framework for gauging the impact of transferring water out of a rural economy. That study has the potential for building on an earlier roundtable template for considerations that should be made when water is moved out of rural communities. Maintaining agriculture in the Arkansas Valley plays into a larger, statewide need for food security in the future, Brown said. The need for water for nonconsumptive uses for wildlife or recreation was voiced by SeEtta Moss and Reed Dils, who represent those interests on the roundtable. Both said they were encouraged by Hickenlooper’s remarks at last week’s Roundtable Summit in Denver…

Alan Hamel, executive director of the Pueblo Board of Water Works and Dils’ replacement on the CWCB, took that opportunity to remind the roundtable of plans to study the enlargement of Lake Pueblo and Turquoise Lake, which have become mired in a decade of controversy…

Former State Engineer Jeris Danielson, now a water consultant living in La Junta, said the roundtable should consider looking at old storage instead. As state engineer he put restrictions on dams that were no longer safe, and more have been limited since then.

More IBCC — basin roundtables coverage here.

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