Community Agriculture Alliance: Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Round Table seeking board members |

Community Agriculture Alliance: Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Round Table seeking board members

Marsha Daughenbaugh For Steamboat Today

Living at the headwaters of the Yampa River and many of its tributaries makes it easy for us to take water for granted. We turn on the faucets and water flows out. We open our headgates, and water rushes through. We put our boats in the rapids, and water takes us downstream. We toss a line into a high mountain lake, and a fish takes the bait.

But things may change. The population in Colorado is predicted to double by 2050. Drought, wildfire, flooding or climate change could create circumstances we cannot currently imagine. Existing municipal and agriculture infrastructure will age and the costs of replacement are rising. Our demands will grow while the supplies dwindle.

So who is watching out for Northwest Colorado? Who cares if we have enough water to meet our needs? Who is taking the challenge to guarantee that our water will continue to flow?

Many individuals and groups are working tirelessly on water issues. And the group that funnels everyone together is the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Round Table, or YWG RT. Since being formed by a gubernatorial order in 2010, our basin round table has met hundreds of times spending thousands of hours to assure that Northwest Colorado is ready for the future.

The board of YWG RT is composed of 32 positions representing a variety of water stakeholders and interests in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. Members are elected and/or appointed to their positions per the requirements of the statute and the roster is filled with people who have a passion for preserving the water in our region. Their officers are elected annually and must represent the Yampa and White basins.

In November, the YWG RT will need to fill 10 vacancies on its board. Areas that will be open for re-election or new appointments include recreation, domestic water provider, industrial water user, four at-large and three for individuals or entities who reside outside the basin but own water rights within the basin. Eligibility requirements vary between the positions.

Recommended Stories For You

Some incumbents plan to reapply for another term but the round table actively encourages anyone with an interest in water to apply. Applications for these positions must be submitted by Oct. 30 and will be reviewed at the November YWG RT meeting.

For information about applying for a Round Table position, contact April McIntyre, round table administrative assistant at 970-985-9924 or

Studies, system modeling and projects are being done to preserve the quantity and quality of the waters we treasure. Don't let the issues flood by. Become educated and take an active role in determining which way our water will flow.

The next Yampa-White-Green Round Table is at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 8 at the VFW Hall, 419 East Victory in Craig. The meeting is open to the public, and attendance is encouraged.

Marsha Daughenbaugh is executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance and a life-long resident of the Lower Elk River Valley.

If you go

What: Yampa-White-Green Round Table

When: 6:15 p.m. Nov. 8

Where: VFW Hall, 419 East Victory in Craig, open to the public and attendance is encouraged.