People interested in the future of rivers in Northwest Colorado have an opportunity to tune in to the Statewide Water Supply Initiative this week with a Tuesday meeting in Steamboat and a Wednesday meeting at the Craig Holiday Inn.
"Those of us in the Yampa Valley and greater part of Northwest Colorado need to keep a close eye on the Water Supply Initiative as future and mostly Front Range water needs may come from the Yampa, Little Snake, White and North Platte rivers or their associated tributaries," organizer Kent Vertrees said. "We need to make sure that all local recreational, environmental, agricultural, industrial and municipal water needs are met first. Community participation in this process is critical."
Trout Unlimited and the Western Colorado Congress will host a meeting 5:30 p.m. today at the YVEA building on 10th Street in Steamboat. The meeting will include a discussion of how the recreational and environmental needs of the Yampa/White and Little Snake river basins can be addressed in the context of the Water Supply Initiative.
At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Craig Holiday Inn, the Colorado Water Conservation Board invites public comment on the State Water Supply Initiative. The water initiative is Colorado's first attempt to take a comprehensive look at how much water the state will need and where it might come from, Vertrees said.
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