By  Timber Schuman

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (KREX) — The almighty Colorado River has supported civilizations across several states for centuries. But with so much demand for this precious element, who controls its water remains a battle.

The Shoshone water rights were established more than a hundred years ago in Glenwood Canyon. A roughly two-mile canal splits and feeds a section of the Colorado River into a hydroelectric power plant owned by Xcel.

Garfield County Commissioner John Martin tells Western Slope Now Garfield, Grand, Summit, Eagle, and Mesa Counties are now teaming up to purchase the Shoshone Water Rights from Xcel for 99 million dollars.