Colorado Water Congress summer meeting: State Senator Gail Schwartz — ‘There will be a bare-bones level of funding for water projects’


From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

“Because of the budget environment, we will continue pulling (mineral severance fund) money away to the general fund,” state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, told the Colorado Water Congress this week. “There will be a bare-bones level of funding for water projects.” Some projects have continued to receive funding, such as $36 million over three years for the Animas-La Plata development. The state also distributed $6 million last year and has $7 million budgeted this fiscal year for water supply reserve accounts through basin roundtables. Other programs such as satellite monitoring, weather modification and watershed protection have suffered, Schwartz said…

On several occasions at the summer conference of the Water Congress, [State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg] advocated building more storage in order to capture some of the large flows from melting snow in both the South Platte and Colorado river basins this year. Reps. Cory Gardner and Scott Tipton, both Colorado Republicans, also stressed the need for more storage and hydroelectric power generation…

Colorado will need to spend $5.32 billion over the next 20 years to maintain municipal water infrastructure and $2.13 billion for wastewater improvements, said Tom Iseman of the Western States Water Council.

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