There was another string on this topic recently, and it did appear that some of the posters were providing accurate information about RICD's. However, please be aware of the misconceptions being spread by mis-informed reporters:
"Recreational water rights ensure a minimum stream flow in a waterway for recreational uses such as kayaking, rafting and tubing."
This statement is NOT true. A RICD does not ensure a minimum flow unless it is the most senior right on the river, which is nearly impossible. This reporter (and others who make similar statements) is doing a very poor job of summarizing the situation, and the benefit of a RICD can not be stated in one simple sentence.
As boaters, please understand that a RICD granted to Golden, Steamboat, Breck, or Vail will not ensure a minimum flow at those parks at any time during the boating season. The water and flow in those rivers is already over allocated, and controlled by the senior water right holders. The RICD only gets the holder (the towns cited) a seat at the discussion table if a future upstream exchange (such as a trans mountain diversion or upstream reservoir) is proposed, and even then it is a small seat based on the seniority of the right.
bottom line, just be aware that the issue of water rights and RICD's is much more complex than stated by the reporter. and don't expect 1000+ in steamboat or 500+ in golden all summer after the RICD's are granted.