- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper rolled out a first-of-its kind water plan Wednesday, a draft plan to address the state’s projected future water shortage.

The draft lays out options for Colorado to keep all the water it can amid water-sharing agreements with six other Colorado River basin states. The draft calls for infrastructure improvements but doesn’t go into specifics about how to pay for them.

The draft plan now goes to public comment, with the state Legislature to finalize the plan. Hickenlooper called the draft a “great start.”

Nearly 4.6 trillion gallons of water originates in Colorado every year, mostly from snow. Two-thirds of it belongs to users in downstream states.

Colorado is meeting with other basin states this week in Las Vegas.




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