Colorado River’s future the topic of Club 20 discussion

A river will run through the Club 20 spring meeting on Saturday at Colorado Mesa University.

For the most part, that river will be the Colorado, and its management in the coming years.

Speakers include U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, as well as the heads of western Colorado water organizations, attorneys, the head of the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University and John Stulp, who heads the effort to develop a statewide water plan.

Tipton will discuss his legislation aimed at preventing federal agencies from requiring water-rights holders to surrender their rights in order to gain leases or permits.

Tipton’s bill, H.R. 3189, has passed the House and a companion measure has been introduced in the Senate.

Tipton is to discuss the bill via teleconference at 11:30 a.m.

Hobbs is to open the meeting at 8 a.m., discussing “Colorado Water 101,” followed by Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute.

A panel of officials will discuss the importance of the roller dam on the river in De Beque Canyon at 10:45 a.m., followed by a discussion of management issues for the Colorado by Gunnison water attorney Dick Bratton.

Bob Broscheid, director of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division, will speak at lunch on the perspective of his agency on water.

Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, will discuss the idea of a Colorado water bank at 1:30 p.m. and Stulp will take up the statewide water plan at 2:15.

The meetings in the university center ballroom are open to the public.

The luncheon is $50 for Club 20 members, $60 for nonmembers and participants may register at Club20.org.


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