The Yampa River in northwest Colorado is running at record levels. But water managers caution this year is probably an anomaly.
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Officials with the agency that provides water to scores of cities and farms in northeastern Colorado say they’re close to announcing an agreement that seeks to ease long-standing tensions between water users on the Front Range and the western slope. The pending agreement is expected to be similar to one recently announced by Denver Water.
A project that would divert Poudre River water into two reservoirs could hurt Northern Colorado agriculture. That’s according to a newly released report by the nonprofit Save the Poudre. But as at least one group is challenging the findings.
A water leasing auction will take place this afternoon in Northern Colorado. The extra availability of the resource is something water managers are calling “celebratory.”
The board of directors at Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District approved a plan to lease extra unused water six years ago. But drought prevented the district--which delivers water to parts of Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties--from following through on the plan until last year.