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Glenwood Springs approved for whitewater parks after slog through water court

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Colorado’s river recreation economy boomed in the first 10 years of recreational in-channel diversion water rights, which state lawmakers created in 2001 to protect water used for recreation. In the decade that followed, 20 communities claimed rights that kept rapids roiling in whitewater parks that became community centerpieces.

But those water rights, known as RICDs (and pronounced RISS-ids), had a very quiet second decade. Not one community has secured protection for recreational water flows since 2010. That changed last week as a state water court approved a conditional water right allowing Glenwood Springs to build three new whitewater parks on the Colorado River. 

This story first appeared in The Outsider, the premium outdoor newsletter by Jason Blevins. Become a Newsletters+…

Jason Blevins

2022-04-11 04:10:00

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