Tackling Colorado's water problems, a water bill sponsored by Grand Junction State Representative Josh Penry pushed through the statehouse, Thursday. Penry's bill would construct local roundtables in nine water basins around the state and consist of local officials, environmentalists, agricultural interests,
water providers and others.
Discussions would center on future water demands of each local basin and come up with ways to meet those needs. Part of the plan is to appoint two roundtable members of each basin to a statewide inter–basin compact committee which would serve as a venue for new water proposals or agreements.
Representative Penry says the bill would make it so local roundtables would determine their own fate, adding lawmakers in Denver are eager to finally find a water solution.
According to Penry, the bill has received no opposition from any major water group in Colorado and will go in front of the Senate some time next week.
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