Water experts to discuss area drought, low rivers

With the Colorado River seemingly running on empty this year, several water observers, managers and users will discuss Wednesday the implications of the drought.

The State of the Rivers public meeting will ask “How low will they go?” as limited snowmelt feeds into the shrinking rivers of the upper Colorado River Basin.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation hydrologist Erik Knight will discuss the effects of the low snowpack while Colorado River District General Manager Eric Kuhn will discuss statewide water planning and the Colorado cooperative agreement with Denver Water.

Ute Water General Manager Larry Clever, Mel Rettig of Rettig Farms and Petrika Peters of the Colorado Environmental Coalition will offer local perspectives on the drought.

George Sibley will discuss the 75-year history of the Colorado River District.

The free public meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. in the Colorado Mesa University Center ballroom.

It is sponsored by the River District and the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University.


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