Glenwood Springs, Colorado During a regular public meeting on Thursday, May 16th, the Glenwood Springs City Council voted unanimously to contribute $2 million to the Shoshone Water Right Preservation campaign. These senior water rights, currently used for hydroelectric power production at the Shoshone Power Plant, are essential for maintaining the flows of the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon. 

Last December, the Colorado River District, on behalf of a growing coalition of West Slope water entities and local governments, signed a purchase and sale agreement with Xcel Energy to secure and protect the Shoshone water rights for a price of $99 million. 

The City of Glenwood’s $2 million contribution pushes the total amount raised so far to over $50 million, just over half the total cost. The Colorado River District will continue to work with local, state, and federal partners to secure the remainder of the purchase price before the deal closes in 2027. 

“This forward-thinking investment in the permanent protection of the Shoshone rights is a legacy investment for Glenwood because the health of our rivers is directly tied to the heart of our community, quality of life for our residents, and our local economy,” said Glenwood Springs Mayor Ingrid Wussow. “We are incredibly appreciative of the dedication of all partners who have worked to advance this opportunity for our community today and for generations to come.”