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Event explores Grand County water issues

Courtesy of Grand County Office of Economic Development

The demand for water in Colorado lies mostly on the Front Range while the most readily available supply is on the west side of the Continental Divide. Coupled with the demand for Colorado River water by the Lower Basin states and Mexico to the west, the juxtaposition between supply and demand for water has stirred controversy and debate during the past century.

With population projections on the rise and a decreased supply from the Colorado River Basin, Grand County finds itself at the epicenter in this hotly debated dilemma.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Grand County Office of Economic Development is hosting Grand Water Discovery, an event devoted to the topic of water in Grand County. Held at The Vintage at the Winter Park Resort, the event is set to begin at 1 p.m.

This event will feature the premiere showing of “Learning by Doing on the Upper Colorado,” a seven-minute documentary produced by Havey Productions that tells the story of recent water negotiations in Grand County and the necessary collaboration required to achieve historic accomplishments. This documentary specifically tells the story of water in Grand County.

In addition, Jim Havey will be on hand to show a portion of the documentary, “The Great Divide” which recently was aired on television.

The first portion of the day will end with a panel discussion where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss one of the county’s greatest assets – water.

For those who pre-register, there will be a stop and learn bus tour from 2:30-6 p.m. There are limited seats available and pre-registration is required for the bus tour, which will start at Winter Park Resort and end at the Windy Gap pumping station.

The tour will be guided by Commissioner James Newberry and former County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran, who was a key player and was instrumental in the development of the water agreements.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.grandforbusiness.com and select Elevate on the Tool Bar.


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