"He said a sustainable revenue stream for the water plan is a neutral, statewide issue where the money can make a real difference."
"The report also pointed a finger at President Trump who, it said, 'exacerbates' press freedom problems with his repeated declarations that journalists are an 'enemy of the American people,' his accusations of 'fake news,' his calls to revoke broadcasting licenses and his efforts to block specific outlets from access to the White House."
"Agriculture users on the Western Slope remain the biggest consumers of water in the state, and their concerns must be weighed against residential and commercial users on the Front Range and beyond."
" ... the state also is studying how an involuntary reduction in water use might happen if necessary to avoid violating the Colorado Compact."
"The bill would also refer a measure to the November ballot asking voters for a 10% tax on net proceeds from sports betting, most of which would be dedicated to managing the state’s water supplies."
"Tucker, the director of the Colorado River Sustainability Campaign, said there wasn't anything nefarious about this project."
"In Colorado, plans to expand Gross Reservoir — an hour northwest of Denver — so it can hold an additional 77,000 acre-feet have been in various stages of federal and state permitting for the last 16 years."
"The states were expected to sign final documents next month in line with a timeframe for Mexico also to begin contributing water next year, Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Patti Aaron said."
"Four communities – Los Arboles, Los Pinos, Rose and Los Martinez – and an untold number of farms and ranches, were displaced by the 1.7 million acre-foot reservoir, which was completed in 1963."
"For the time being, however, Buschatzke is depending on the fact that there is no injunction against MWD becoming part of the multi-state deal."
"The Imperial Irrigation District alleges the Metropolitan Water District violated an environmental law in pledging to contribute California's share of water under the drought contingency plan."
“We are disappointed that the Imperial Irrigation District is using litigation as a tool to block implementation of the Drought Contingency Plan."
"'The Walton Family Foundation has neutered the Western environmental movement,' said Dan Beard, the former Bureau of Reclamation commissioner during the Clinton administration."
"It asks the court to suspend the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan until a thorough environmental analysis has been completed."
"It’s unclear that water law can be changed; it’s unclear there’s a source for the billions of dollars to buy all the water; and it’s unclear that farmers will voluntarily sell their water."
"The legislation was supported by all 14 senators from the Colorado River Basin states, though Trump announced his action in a tweet that singled out Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who is in a tough fight for re-election next year."