The Colorado River Cooperative Agreement focuses on significantly enhancing the environmental health of Colorado's rivers and streams, as well as supporting many West Slope cities, towns, counties and water providers as they work to improve water quality and quantity of water through new municipal projects and river management initiatives.
On May 15, 2012, leaders from Summit and Grand counties, Denver Water and the Clinton Ditch & Reservoir Company - entities that for decades battled in court over water - stood with Gov. John Hickenlooper and signed the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement, changing the way water will be managed in Colorado.
The Colorado River Cooperative Agreement is the product of years of negotiations, and ultimately included more than 40 parties stretching from Grand Junction to the Denver Metro Area. The historic agreement is the largest of its kind in the history of the state. It shifts Colorado away from a path of conflict to a path of cooperation and collaboration in managing the state's water resources.
"This agreement honors the recognition that protecting water resources and tourism in our headwaters counties also protects the entire state of Colorado's economy," said Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier.