View behind the dam on the CO River

By Dennis Webb

Local water entities have committed another $350,000 toward an effort to buy major Colorado River water rights associated with the Shoshone hydroelectric power plant in Glenwood Canyon.

In their board meetings this month, the Clifton Water District and Grand Valley Water Users Association kicked in $250,000 and $100,000, respectively, toward the Colorado River District’s proposed purchase of the rights.

The Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and Grand Valley Irrigation Co. have also informally agreed to financially support the effort and are awaiting final action in upcoming board meetings, according to a new release from the river district.