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Curious about Colorado water issues?

Brief by Central Staff

Water – July 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Curious about Colorado water issues?

Just about every imaginable topic — from recreational instream flows to the election of water conservancy district boards — will be addressed at the 26th annual Colorado Water Workshop, which runs July 25-27 at the Western State College campus in Gunnison.

This year’s theme is “Who’s in Charge?” It’s a pertinent question when state water laws collide with federal policies on issues like bypass flows for reservoirs on federal lands and reserved stream flows for national parks.

There are also the perennial conflicts between basins, and new ones over whether recreation is a beneficial use.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (who has some Gunnison ties from his days as a wrestling coach) have been invited to speak.

Confirmed speakers include a variety of state and federal officials who will address topics that range from efficient use to the effectiveness of watershed councils.

We will note that our own Ed Quillen is scheduled to appear with another Salidan, Terry Scanga, on a panel to discuss whether water conservancy district boards should be elected. The other panel member is Kathleen Curry, manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District.

Workshop registration is $240 before July 16, $290 afterward, with lodging and meals extra. For more information, contact Lucy High, Director, Colorado Water Workshop, Western State College, Gunnison CO 81231; telephone 970-641-8766; email