Denver: ‘Charting New Waters’ sponsors hear from state water officials about how Colorado is dealing water and growth issues


From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread hosted a meeting attended by top state water officials at the Denver Botanical Gardens in an effort to learn how Colorado is dealing with water and growth issues. “We wanted to learn about some things that are working well in Colorado to inform a national population dealing with water issues, perhaps not in the same way,” said Lynn Broaddus, environmental program director for the foundation…

Charting New Waters stressed water conservation, sharing water and watershed protection as major strategies toward meeting the needs of growth with a reliable fresh water supply.

Speakers at Tuesday’s meeting included representatives from the Family Farm Alliance, Farm Bureau, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver Water and Aurora. Water managers and advocates from other states also spoke. More than 100 attended the meeting.

“I think they’re having a conversation about what we can do about water and population growth, and it’s a great opportunity for people from other states to compare notes,” said John Stulp, IBCC chairman and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s water policy adviser. “I think their goal is to provide leadership and not wait for a crisis to happen.”

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