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OK. It's time for the Colorado boating community to step up! The Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) is going down NOW. The Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) has been created and we need to get at least one paddler on each basins sub-committee. Then we need enough paddlers to show up at the roundtable meetings, which are rapidly approaching, to have a strong voice for the protection of our rivers as recreational resources and intact ecosystems.

This is a unique opportunity for CO paddlers to obtain money to study and protect recreational river flows. I know everybody wants to get me a holiday gift but please, instead join up on your basins committee, attend the roundtables and represent our rivers. Detailed info is available at http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/10266/display/full/

This is not a joke. Don't let these discussions go down without paddler input. If you do you might wake up one morning to find your favorite run de-watered so that some Californian can water his second homes oversized kentucky blugrass lawn in in south Denver. Don't let it happen. Join up! Paddlers unite.
 

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YO. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOR EVERYONE TO HELP REPRESENT OUR INTERESTS. DO IT.
 

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I had trouble finding when some of the next meetings were, do we ahve to contact the contact person or is there a shedule posted somewhere?
 

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Hey,

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/ColoradoWaterforthe21stCentury/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/Demand_FactSheet_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

Regards

Jon Kahn
Confluence Kayaks
303-433-3676
 
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