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Colorado gets initial OK to buy Animas La Plata Water

DENVER (AP) – Lawmakers gave intial approval to a plan for the state to buy up to 10,460 acre feet of water for $36 million from the Animas-La Plata project.

The plan given the intial approval Thursday now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Supporters say water from the the Animas-La Plata project could be sold or leased to other water districts or kept as hedge agaist future legal demand from downstream states. Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus, and part-time employee of the Southwestern Water Conservation District, sponsored the plan.

Water began filling the 120,000 Lake Nighthorse reservoir last May. The reservoir, which is part of the project, will supply the Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Ute and Navajo tribes and the towns of Durango, Colo., and Farmington, N.M.


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