New Political Environment of Water
California and the compact
The U.S. Department of the Interior is requiring California to stop its over-use of Colorado River water; the state will lose 800,000 acre feet of its appropriation. Colorado has rights to up to one million ac/ft of additional Colorado River water. There is a very strong consensus that Colorado should identify and claim its share of that water. However, the difficult task is developing a plan that addresses storing, financing and sharing water within the state. A major reason Colorado did not secure its share of federal financing of Western Slope water projects since the 1970s was a lack of consensus on which project(s) to build.
As Bob Ewegen, editorial writer for the Denver Post said, The cruel fact is that Colorado can't use the extra water California is now slurping up because we dont have reservoirs to store it. (2003)
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