15 Sep Colorado River Cooperative Agreement
So Klancke got a grant to buy more sophisticated devices and continued to collect data. But this time, he sent data directly to the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2007, the EPO intervened and informed Denver Water that they needed to do more to monitor the environmental impact of their diversions on the Western Slope rivers. In response, Denver Water commissioned a two-year study of the river`s temperature. “And as soon as you lose the insect life and you lose the fish`s life, the whole ecosystem collapses. That`s what happened and happened here,” Klancke said. He points out that not only do diversions harm the river, but also agricultural practices, development and animal grazing that harm shoreline habitat. M. Martin recalled that in 2012, Denver Water worked hard with Boulder County to explore a possible intergovernmental agreement to facilitate the expansion of the reservoir. The Inter-Basin Compact Committee and roundtables, supported by the Colorado Water Conservation Board, raise many sensitive issues related to water scarcity in 2050. The roundtable summit on 1 March will be a further step in this process. This is very important work: finding cooperative and balanced solutions for water supply.
At this stage, everything is theoretical, but I hope that it will lead to real agreements. Another approach is possible. It is an approach that strikes the right balance between competing interests, a shared vision of better river health, a reliable supply for all water users and a future of cooperation, not conflict. It is precisely this approach that embodies this agreement – between more than 40 water suppliers, municipalities and the ski industry. “They looked at him and said, `Fishermen with thermometers? It`s not science,” and they threw us out of their meeting room,” said Klancke, who worked as a stonemason for 35 years before participating in river restoration projects. According to Don Meyer — a senior water resources engineer in the Colorado River District, based in Glenwood Springs — the April 8 protocol was in effect until the call returned to the river on Sunday. Instead, she said Mexico and seven southwestern countries served by the river were focused on working under existing rules and regulations, known as the “law of the river.” Beyond my comments in this article, I might add that this agreement serves as a model for the entire state, given that Colorado is looking at how to find an adequate water supply for a population that is expected to double to 10 million people by 2050. . .