Western Coloradans receiving this week's Delta County Independent will find a "Gunnison River Basin Handbook for Inhabitants" enclosed. This was assembled and produced by the Gunnison Basin Roundtable, whose 32 members hope that you will read through this booklet and keep it in a convenient place for future reference, because you are going to be hearing a lot about water in Colorado over the next couple of years, and the role of the Gunnison River in helping meet future needs for water — for our basin and for our state.
Governor Hickenlooper recently charged the roundtable and eight other basin roundtables in Colorado to work with the Colorado Water Conservation Board on a "state water plan" for meeting a projected annual "gap" between known supply and projected demand of between 200,000 and 600,000 acre-feet of water by 2050 (65-200 billion gallons/year). The Gunnison Basin Roundtable will be regularly presenting updates on progress on the Gunnison Basin Implementation Plan and the statewide effort. You will be asked for your thoughts on efforts to address this difficult challenge.
"We do hope you will be interested and engaged in these efforts," said a member of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable. "You don't have to become a 'water expert'; you just need to learn about the relationship between water and everything you need and love here in the Gunnison Basin, and help us insure that those things will still be here for our children and grandchildren at mid-century." Watch for future updates.blog comments powered by Disqus