Durango Herald: Water Issues in the Legislature

Jan 12, 2015

Colorado River near Grand Junction, COFrom the Durango Herald: While water won’t be the centerpiece issue of the Legislature this year, several lawmakers already are taking a look.

Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, is taking another stab at curbing phreatophytes, a deep-rooted plant that takes in significant amounts of water, draining resources. He also has introduced a bill that would require a study of alterative methods to lowering the water table in areas that are experiencing damaging high groundwater levels.

Also, Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, introduced a measure that aims to promote water conservation in government land use planning.

Many of the water issues play into a larger plan that is being developed for the entire state.

“Colorado’s Water Plan, how that’s going to affect Western and Southwestern Colorado, is certainly front and center,” Coram said.