La Junta: Arkansas River Basin Water Forum, April 23-24 #COWaterPlan

Arkansas River Basin via The Encyclopedia of Earth
Arkansas River Basin via The Encyclopedia of Earth

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

A proposed state water plan, drought impacts, irrigation rules and weed control will be discussed at a regional forum in La Junta this month. The Arkansas River Basin Water Forum is planned April 23-24 at Otero Junior College. There also will be a community workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. April 22.

This is the forum’s 20th year of bringing people from all parts of the Arkansas River basin together to discuss

On the morning of April 23, James Eklund, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, will discuss the state’s water plan now being developed under an executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

That afternoon, participants in the forum will have the opportunity to give their input into the basin’s portion of the plan.

The Bob Appel Friend of the Arkansas award will be presented at the luncheon.

On April 24, irrigation rules and the importance of agriculture to the Arkansas River basin will be in the spotlight.

Conservation and heritage will be discussed at the luncheon, with invasive species the topic for the afternoon.

For information, visit or call the CSU Extension Office, 545-2045, or Jean Van Pelt, Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, 948-2400.

More Arkansas River Basin coverage here.

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