State Water Crisis

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A Senate committee will decide if the state has enough money to pay for a plan that would create a new framework for water negotiations all over Colorado.

House Bill 1177 would create a statewide river basins compact committee that would negotiate solutions to Colorado's growing water supply crisis, which is the first step in what lawmakers say may be the last best chance for a solution for the state's water storage problems.

Opponents are questioning the $247,000 cost, saying it is a lot to pay for just talking about the issue.

The bill would establish a compact for the state's seven river basins modeled loosely on the Colorado River Compact of 1922, which governs how the water of the Colorado River is divided among seven neighboring states.