Town Hall Meeting to Help Plan Colorado's Water Future


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 Kurbjun.

 

“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.

 

The Pitkin 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 angief@sgm-inc.com.


Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014