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Letter from the Editor

In the lazy, hazy days of summer, the Foundation turns its attention to issues of water and growth in Colorado.

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Study Projects Shortfall for Upper Colorado River Basin

Since 1998, representatives from Grand and Summit counties, the Colorado River District, Denver Water, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Middle Park Water Conservancy District and other local entities have been working on a joint effort to examine water quality and quantity issues in the headwaters of the Colorado River.

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Water, Growth and Land Use

Historians point out that coping with growth has been Colorado's single greatest invigorating influence, and its single greatest concern, since World War II (Ubbelohde, Benson & Smith, A Colorado History 346-47(8th Ed. 2001)).

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Throw that Bill Away: Water Administration Fees Repealed

In its 2004 session, the Colorado General Assembly repealed the water administration fee program it instituted in 2003. Originally designed to help bolster the state's declining budget for water resource management, the fee program met with significant opposition from water right holders.

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Water & Growth in Colorado

By Peter Nichols

Although conventional wisdom holds that water availability controls growth, that notion is simply not true. The demise of Two Forks Dam in 1990, designed to meet metro Denver's water needs this century, did not slow growth. In fact, since 1990, the fastest growing states (including Colorado) rank among the driest. This apparent contradiction can exist because the western system of water allocation—the prior appropriation doctrine—rests on the premise that water can be moved from where it is found to where it is needed.

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