Recreational Water Use

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A legislative committee has approved a measure designed to tighten rules for recreational water use -- because of worries that kayaking, fishing and swimming parks siphon water from other users.

The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee approved the measure despite opposition from Golden, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Aspen and Vail, which build kayak courses. The bill now goes to the full Senate for debate.

The measure would set limits on the amount of water communities can use for kayak courses and similar recreation channels. It also requires future courses to use water-saving techniques.

Senator Jack Taylor says he wants to preserve Colorado's 125-year-old legal system, which protects water owners. But opponents says the bill could cripple the state's recreational water industry.