Citizen Involvement Needed in
Governor’s Statewide Water Plan
If you drink, use or care about water, your input is needed
at the upcoming Pitkin County Town Hall Meeting on The Colorado Basin
Implementation Plan. With Colorado’s population expected to double from five to
10 million over the next 40 years, enough water to quench demand over time has
become a statewide concern. Governor John Hickenlooper has spearheaded a series
of water basin “roundtable” meetings in each of the state’s eight major river
basins plus an additional roundtable focusing on the Denver metropolitan area.
Citizen input gathered at these meetings will become part of the plan to help
meet statewide water needs now and into the future. Hickenlooper has ordered Colorado’s
first Water Plan be completed by December 2015. The progress of the water plan
development can be followed online at www. Coloradowaterplan.com.
Glenwood Springs based civil
engineering and surveying firm, SGM, has been tasked with developing the
Colorado River Basin Implementation Plan (BIP) which will become part of the statewide
water plan. SGM is leading the technical
team responsible for developing the Colorado BIP. The team includes former
House Representative Kathleen Curry, Attorney Karl Hanlon, staff from The
Nature Conservancy, Eric Bikis of Bikis Water Consultants, Hannah Holm of the
Water Center at Colorado Mesa University/The Water Center, and writer Janice
“These town hall meetings are
targeted at the average water user. We want to document concerns around
agricultural needs, water obligations to other states, energy production,
development, drought, climate change and endangered species,” said SGM Project
Manager, Louis Meyer. “There has been a
lack of collaboration among people involved in land use and water planning.
They need to hear from the public on these issues,” Meyer said.
Meyer will make a short presentation
at the meeting describing the details of the Colorado Water Plan and how it
impacts Pitkin County. The audience will then have the opportunity to engage in
interactive dialog to express their viewpoints and concerns. All the
information gathered at the Town Hall meeting will be documented.
“The BIP is an extraordinary
opportunity for the public and all stakeholders in the Colorado River Basin –
communities, citizens, farmers, ranchers, recreationalists, water providers,
industry, and watershed organizations – to work collaboratively on a vision for
the future. By taking action now, we can ensure a secure water future for our
state,” said Meyer.
County Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 10th from 6
pm – 8 pm in the Rio Grande Room, 455 Rio Grande Place, in Aspen. Refreshments
will be provided. For more information call SGM Assistant Project Manager Angie
Fowler at 970-384-9027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.