Short-term water lease to boost Colorado River flows

The headwaters of the Colorado River in the Kawuneeche Valley. Photo via Wikipedia and the Creative Commons.

Colorado Water Trust breaks new ground with first direct-flow lease

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Even after wet winters, the Upper Colorado River can run perilously low in late summer and fall due to numerous diversions, and in this drought year, high demand threatens the state’s namesake river even more.

But thanks to a deal brokered by the Colorado Water Trust and sanctioned by the State Engineer’s Office, the Colorado will get a measure of relief. Some “extra” water historically used for irrigation will help boost flows in some critical reaches of the Colorado. Continue reading

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