Rangely (AP) A new state effort aimed at getting competing water interests to work together on major projects got
underway Tuesday in Rangely. Natural Resources Director Russ George convened the state's first water roundtable starting with a group representing the Yampa–White River Basin.
He says too often water disputes are settled by power, money and litigation. Dan Craig of Phippsburg was one of three dozen people who showed up for the meeting. With agriculture owning most of the state's water rights, Craig says farmers and ranchers will be the big losers if compromises can't be reached.
The roundtables represent the state's seven river basins and two sub–basins. Members were appointed by Governor Owens and state lawmakers to represent everyone who is competing for the state's scarce water supplies.
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