Metro Roundtable Summit: John Stulp — ‘It doesn’t mean we all agree. It just means we’ve gotten to the point where we can sit in the same room and talk’

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From the Associated Press (Catherine Tsai) via Westport News:

“We’re in year six now and we haven’t gotten there,” said Metro Roundtable Chairman Rod Kuharich, also executive director of the South Metro Water Supply Authority. “The state needs to step out in this process and begin supporting water projects in an environmentally and economically sound way.”

Kuharich was among water officials at a public reception Thursday on whether there’s enough water for Colorado in the future. The event was hosted by the Metro Roundtable and Colorado Foundation for Water Education.

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s special water policy adviser, John Stulp, said before Kuharich spoke that it’s important for the roundtables to continue their work and that the roundtables are making some progress. “It doesn’t mean we all agree. It just means we’ve gotten to the point where we can sit in the same room and talk,” he said…

Water planners developing reservoir and pipeline projects face funding challenges but also have to balance water needs of populated cities, the environment, wildlife and Colorado’s robust recreation industry, all of which draw tourism dollars. “These projects take years and years to develop and get going,” Colorado Water Conservation Board Director Jennifer Gimbel said. “We need to be planning now.”

More IBCC — basin roundtables coverage here.

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