With future of West water demand uncertain, Colorado moves to shield its mountain share

Associated Press

Colorado is drawing up a strategy to capture and protect some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring.

Drought-stricken California and other states have legal claim to two-thirds of the water that flows from Colorado.

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Colorado pledges to provide downstream states with every gallon they're entitled to — but not a drop more.

A draft state water plan being submitted to Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday addresses Colorado's growing population, its recreational economy and the environment.

Its authors say they want to ensure cities, farms and the environment have enough water amid drought and climate change.

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Colorado's Water Plan draft: http://tinyurl.com/npaclrg