Proposed Colorado River Cooperative Agreement: Path to a Secure Water Future - Denver Waters official webpage
Western Slope water deal surfaces - Denver Post Article
East meets West at the water's edge - Glenwood Springs Post Independent Article
Excerpt from GWPI: ... The Denver Water-West Slope agreement, if signed by all parties involved, creates protections for the Fraser and Blue Rivers, other tributaries, and the Colorado River from its headwaters to Grand Junction.
The deals hashed out in the 50-plus page agreement are an “all or nothing” proposition, according to Underbrink Curran. And all of it is contingent on approval of the Moffat Collection System expansion permit sought by Denver Water.
“This is the start,” said Grand County Commissioner James Newberry, adding that a lot of loose ends still need to be sorted out “to ensure implementation.” ...
... And it acknowledges the desire by Western Slope water interests to control the key senior water right held by Xcel Energy at its Shoshone Power Plant in Glenwood Canyon. Denver presently has a deal with Xcel to pay for lost hydropower revenues in exchange for Xcel “relaxing” its water call, which allows Denver to divert more Colorado River water during times of drought.
The agreement explicitly states that Denver would “cooperate in an investigation and potential acquisition of the Shoshone Power Plant by Western Slope parties.” ...
My Take: Denver water wants its cake and wants to eat it to. In the long run, this is about securing water for the next 30 years. They claim that this is in the best interest of "all" parties. At the same time, they have the Moffat collection system which includes the Gross Reservoir expansion and many other diversions. I don't see how this can benefit Colorado. They would be better to focus on reclamation and conservation. The front range has to realize that they consume more water than they produce. If they want to grow (development and population wise) then they better learn that they live in a high desert environment. As for Sho Sho power plant, I would rather see a local utility or the city of GWS buy the plant and not Denver Water. If Denver water gets ahold of of the plant, you can kiss planned flows good bye. The only water in the river will be for the RICD that is being crafted for the GWS water park.
What do you all think? This affects every one of us in this state, kind of the the right to float debate.