#COWaterPlan: The Mesa County Commissioners approve resolution directed at TMDs

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon):

[Scott McInnis] joined with commissioners Rose Pugliese and John Justman in approving a resolution of support for a provision of the proposed Colorado water plan calling for all affected counties to participate in proposals to send water to the Front Range.

The resolution was approved in time to meet a Thursday deadline to comment on the statewide plan, which is to be complete in December.

Several provisions in the resolution mirror others adopted by West Slope counties such as Routt, Ouray and Garfield, in calling for support of the framework for consideration of transmountain diversions.

Among those provisions is one warning that “it would be unrealistic to look for any significant new supplies of water for the East Slope from the Colorado River as a primary source. Any further depletion of water from the Colorado River increases the risk of a compact curtailment.”

Diversions of water in Colorado could be reduced or prohibited at the demand of downstream states should they not get their allotted water supplies from the river under a 1922 compact governing the operation of the river.

The East Slope, which diverts as much as 600,000 acre-feet of water per year from the West Slope, should share in any reduction of diversions, West Slope officials and water managers have said…

Steve Acquafresca, a former Mesa County commissioner and fruitgrower in Grand Junction, urged the commission to support the resolution saying the West Slope should take advantage of the willingness of the East Slope to agree to the provisions protecting the West Slope.

Colorado transmountain diversions via the State Engineer's office
Colorado transmountain diversions via the State Engineer’s office

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