West Slope leaders call on Colorado’s next governor to take action on water
October 30, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A bipartisan group of Western Slope leaders, including Routt County's three commissioners, called on the Democratic and Republican candidates for Colorado Governor to provide strong leadership on what they believe to be the state's most pressing short- and long-term problem: a sustainable and reliable water supply to support Colorado's economic and environmental health.
Initiated by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, the list of signatories includes county commissioners from Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Pitkin, Routt and Summit counties as well as city council members from the towns of Vail and Crested Butte. Club20 and the Colorado River Conservation District also joined the letter, emphasizing the regional importance of water.
Noting that the health of the Western Slope's economy is highly dependent on water, the letter calls on both Democratic Congressman Jared Polis and Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton to commit to take three steps in their first 100 days in office, including:
- Specific actions to continue the implementation and funding of Colorado's Water Plan
- Prioritize municipal conservation and re-use
- Minimize the risk of a Colorado River Compact curtailment