Apr 23, 2011 4:23 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Denver Water, Western Slope near water agreement

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Denver Water is nearing a deal aimed at easing concerns of western Colorado water users over the utility's ability to divert more Colorado River water to the Front Range.

The Denver Post reports the emerging deal includes a provision for Denver Water to contribute about $22 million for water plants and to maintain mountain ecosystems.

The Daily Sentinel reports more details will come Thursday.

Colorado River Water Conservation District spokesman Chris Treese told the Sentinel that generally, Western Slope organizations won't challenge Denver Water's plans to divert more water from the Winter Park and Dillon areas or how Denver is using the Blue River. He says it also addresses the cumulative impacts of water projects and the Colorado River's current and future needs.

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