Jim Broderick to take the reins of #CRWUAwater for two years #ColoradoRiver #COriver #CRWUA2017

The outflow of the Bousted Tunnel just above Turquoise Reservoir near Leadville. The tunnel moves water from tributaries of the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan rivers under the Continental Divide for use by Front Range cities, and Pitkin County officials have concerns that more water will someday be sent through it.

From the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District via The Pueblo West View:

Jim Broderick was elected president of the Colorado River Water Users Association at its meeting in Las Vegas last week. The presidency is a two-year term that rotates among states.

“The continued collaboration of the seven states, tribes and the country of Mexico is important, not only for the state of Colorado, but for all of those who rely on the Colorado River’s water supply,” said Broderick, executive director of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District. “It’s an honor to be selected to guide this prestigious group.”

CRWUA was founded in 1945 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and perspectives on the Colorado River. Its members include the seven states in the 1921 Colorado River Compact, as well as the Ten Tribes Partnership. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

The group includes top water officials from all of the partners, and has been influential in brokering landmark agreements to satisfy increasing demands on the Colorado River.

At its meeting last week, the group heard details about the latest agreement with Mexico, which resolves flow and storage issues to revive the Colorado River delta in Mexico. Representatives from both sides of the border shared their perspectives.

The Arkansas River basin benefits from imports from the Colorado River basin each year through the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, which is overseen by the Southeastern District. This year, the Fry-Ark Project brought in more than 67,000 acre-feet of water.

“That water is a supplemental supply that tides us over in times of drought,” Broderick said.

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