Roaring Fork residents can help create state water plan |

Roaring Fork residents can help create state water plan

Staff report

Roaring Fork Valley residents are being urged to attend a meeting today that will provide a glimpse at efficiency and conservation planning for the Roaring Fork River watershed.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The meeting also will feature an update on the creation of a Colorado Statewide Water Plan and an opportunity to provide input.

Colorado is expected to eventually face a gap of between 600,000 and 800,000 acre-feet per year between water supply and demands for municipal, industrial and energy needs.

The statewide plan is examining how to close that gap. As part of the statewide effort, a Colorado Basin Implementation Plan is being prepared for the Upper Colorado River and its tributaries, such as the Roaring Fork River.

Sharon Clarke, watershed action director for the Roaring Fork Conservancy, said the state’s water-supply gap would be reduced by water users buying up agricultural water rights and drying up irrigated lands, creating more reservoirs for storage and diversions or through conservation. It’s important for people to get involved to give their input on what path to follow, she said.