Governor Bill Owens and his cabinet made a stop in Grand Junction Tuesday to sign an important water bill into law. The new legislation will create a road map and a process for success in statewide water discussions. Gvernor Owens signed the bill into law at Eagle Rim Park on Orchard Mesa in front of his cabinet and Grand Junction Mayor Bruce Hill.
The new legislation is sponsored by State Representative Josh Penry, (R) Grand Junction, and State Senator Jim Isgar, (D) Hesperus, who were both on hand for the signing. The act creates an Interbasin Compact Committee comprised of nine round–tables, seven of which represent the state's seven river basin's, and two representing the southern and northern Denver metro areas.
The roundtables will provide Colorado water users with a way to address potential conflict among themselves through representation. The members appointed by the Governor will come from geographically diverse parts of the state, and each will bring expertise in environmental and agricultural matters to the committee.
The roundtables will meet to establish by–laws and operating procedures. The Interbasin Compact Committee is required to report to the legislature no later than October 31st of each year.
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