Arkansas River Basin Water Forum recap: Dick Bratton’s keynote focused on water politics in Colorado


From The Mountain Mail (Joe Stone) via Leadville Herald-Democrat:

Bratton’s talk focused on water politics in Colorado, which he summarized as “how to influence water decisions.” Because water management affects all Coloradans, Bratton said, “it becomes important for an informed public to understand the consequences of water use, which persons and entities might affect its use and how to influence their decisions.

“If you work in water, then your success could be determined by how well you utilize politics to your advantage.” Bratton emphasized the “chain of interrelationships” of multiple interests in the “limited supply of water available for increasing beneficial uses in Colorado.” The likely consequence of this is that competing interests will more readily enter into voluntary agreements to save time and money and avoid the uncertainty of litigation.

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