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Glenwood faces challenge to water rights for new kayak parks

Posted at 12:10 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 19:46:56-04

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The city of Glenwood Springs is seeking recreational water rights for three potential whitewater parks on the Colorado River — but it has yet to come to terms with Aurora, Colorado Springs and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

The Aspen Daily News reports that Glenwood Springs has already made an agreement with Denver Water, but the whitewater plan is opposed by Aurora and Colorado Springs.

Aurora and Colorado Springs co-own a reservoir on Homestake Creek in the upper Eagle River basin that holds 43,300 acre-feet of water.

The water is shipped through the Homestake Tunnel to Turquoise Reservoir and on to the two Front Range cities.

The two cities have told the water court and the Colorado Water Conservation Board that Glenwood Springs is claiming more water than it needs.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com