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Headwaters Spring 2006-Recreation

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Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

It may seem somewhat of a subtlety that most of our recreation in this arid state revolves around water—frozen, flowing or otherwise. Whether it be man-made entertainment like kayak parks and ski pistes, tests of skill between the angler and his catch, or quiet observation of the incredible journey of thousands of migrating birds, our water resources allow us an impressive quality of life that cannot always be tabulated on a spreadsheet.

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Colorado Water Supply Issues—Today and Tomorrow

DENVER—The American Water Resources Association (Colorado Section) is pleased to announce its annual symposium Friday April 14, 2006. Co-sponsored by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, the symposium will focus on innovative water management strategies in Colorado and the West.

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New Web Site Offers Synopsis of Ground Water in Colorado

Since its publication by the Colorado Geological Survey, the Ground Water Atlas of Colorado has received tremendous recognition and acclaim by professional organizations, water managers, educators, politicians, and the public. Most recently, authors Ralf Topper, Karen L. Spray, William H. Bellis, Judith L. Hamilton, and Peter E. Barkmann received the Geological Society of America's 2005 E. B. Burwell, Jr. Award from its Engineering Geology Division, recognizing this distinguished contribution to the sciences.

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A New Approach to Managing Water—Statewide

DENVER—In 2005, the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act created a new forum for discussing the state's water issues. Spearheaded by the Department of Natural Resources, this statewide collaborative initiative, also called the Interbasin Compact Process, is being billed as a new approach to managing water.

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Gunnison's Developing Relationship With Its Newest Recreational Park

By Erin McIntyre

To most people driving on U.S. Highway 50 west of Gunnison, the stretch of water just west of town near the Twin Bridges is just another fast-moving section of the Gunnison River. Even a trained eye might have a hard time telling that beneath the water's surface are hundreds of boulders strategically placed to make a whitewater park.

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Curtis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

DENVER—Ralph Curtis, a longtime water and soil conservationist, will receive the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at an April 12 luncheon in Denver. This program is conducted through the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado.

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The Legal Story

A whitewater park without any water won't attract many boaters, a situation which inspired the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District—to file for recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) water rights for the whitewater park in 2002. An RICD water right varies from the traditional ‘use it or lose it’ water right, which typically requires water to be removed from the stream and to be put to beneficial use. In the case of a RICD, the water stays in the stream for recreation.

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Water Law Resources

Guide to Colorado Water Law explores the basics of Colorado water law--learn how it has developed and how it is applied today. This, WEco's most popular Citizen's Guide, was authored by Colorado Supreme Court Justice, and WEco Board Vice President, Gregory Hobbs. Take a look or purchase a copy.


Law Supplement Headwaters magazine a special edition of Headwaters that provides an in-depth look at Colorado water law. Browse the magazine to supplement our Citizen's Guide and your knowledge. View it here

Administration Headwaters magazine read how enforcing the law in our water-scarce state can get tricky and meet the men and women who allocate Colorado's most precious resource. Browse the issue here.

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