Governor Bill Owens signs two pieces of legislation sponsored by Grand Junction State Representative Josh Penry that will focus on Colorado's growing water supply challenges in the years ahead.
The legislation signed on Friday is the next step in the 21st Century Act, a bill Penry sponsored in 2005 that created the framework for water providers to develop new reservoirs and improved methods of meeting the fast growing water demands of cities throughout Colorado.
As the Interbasin Compact Committee, which consists of local round tables in each of state's river basins, begin discussions to tackle water issues, the latest legislation will earmark $10M in each of the coming years to fund water projects that are agreed upon by the round tables.
The money will likely be used to underwrite feasibility and environmental analysis required to build new reservoirs.
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