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Colorado State Water Plan topic of Granby meeting

Staff Report

GRANBY — Experts from Audubon Rockies will be on hand Wednesday night, Aug. 12, at the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby to discuss the pending Colorado Water Plan and its effects on Granby.

This is an opportunity for local residents to hear about and comment on the state’s first-ever water plan, and the recommendations already in it, including those that could affect the area’s national ecosystems, wildlife, rafting, fishing, tourism and recreational economies.

The Colorado State Water Plan is in its second draft and the public has limited time to make their voices heard before the final plan is presented to Gov. Hickenlooper. The plan will impact how Colorado manages its resources amid a significant population expansion statewide, ongoing drought and increasing demand for water.

“Communities like Granby have much at stake with the water plan, because rivers that run through here are priceless habitats for fish, birds and many other animals,” said Abby Burk, Western Rivers Outreach Specialist, Audubon Rockies. “Our call is for the plan to identify funding for healthy flowing rivers so we can protect wildlife and help support our $9 billion-a-year outdoor recreation economy.”

“Communities like Granby have much at stake with the water plan, because rivers that run through here are priceless habitats for fish, birds and many other animals.”Abby BurkAudubon Rockies

Colorado rivers are under stress because of reduced flows due to many out-of-stream uses. Among other things, Audubon experts will assert the plan should include dedicated funding toward meeting environmental and recreational needs to ensure residents and wildlife of Granby are not harmed by the long-term effects of the plan.

To learn more about the Colorado State Water plan, visit http://www.rockies.audubon.org or http://www.waterforcolorado.org


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