Board acquires water to keep Crested Butte streams flowing |

Board acquires water to keep Crested Butte streams flowing

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – The Colorado Water Conservation Board has acquired water rights to improve late-summer water flows in two streams near Crested Butte.

The board acquired 5.45 cubic feet per second of water to increase flows in the Washington Gulch and Slate River. Demands for irrigation water often dry up or deplete flows in the two by mid-July.

A 1973 state law allows buying water rights to maintain a certain level of water to preserve the environment, usually fish. The acquisition will protect water through Washington Gulch and about two miles of the Slate River below the confluence with Washington Gulch.

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