This is a very important time for the future of rivers in CO. Many decisions regarding the development and diversion of water will be made in the next few years. So this topic definitely deserves your attention.
Here are a few more details about the process:
The official webpage is: http://dnr.state.co.us/Home/Colorado...y/IbccHome.htm
SWSI- (swah-zee) is a detailed study of the current use, and expected future demand for water in Colorado. It has been ongoing since 2003 and is currently in phase 2.
SWSI phase 2 is a gap analysis about how Colorado might meet future demand. A summary of the current findings are here: http://cwcb.state.co.us/IWMD/pdfDocs...et_7-19-04.pdf
The full report is 500+ pages
The method for making decisions about water projects is the IBCC. Each river basin has an established roundtable which is a collaborative decision making body. The roundtables each send representatives to the IBCC which will negotiate the details of any future compact or interbasin agreement. The roundtable meetings have been going on for almost 18 months and the membership is mostly set. Each roundtable has at least one recreation rep and one environmental rep among many water users and stakeholders.
The roundtable meetings are where you can make your voice heard. These meeting are open to the public, and generally there is a public comment portion of each meeting. But the meetings are large and bureaucratic, simply showing up with a comment will not necessarily get you recognized by the chair. I would recommend that paddlers interested in the process get in touch with the current rec and enviro reps for your basin, to see how you can best contribute.
If anyone would like more info about this please feel free to contact me directly or post here. I am currently the Recreation rep on the metro roundtable, and have been participating since fall 2005.
AW can take a leadership role here to make sure paddlers are heard. You can help greatly by becoming a member if you are not already, and by making a donation specifically to support the Colorado Stewardship Position