Colorado Turns Back River Access Bill for More Study

March 21, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

Unable to find common ground between rafting companies and private landowners, Colorado handed its new river access bill to water rights development managers — apparently the only “impartial” witnesses in the argument. “Some senators questioned the wisdom of sending the issue to the Colorado Water Congress, but Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus, said it would get a fair hearing there. ‘There are problems with the bill … in regards to water-rights development in the future,’ said Whitehead, who opposed the bill.” Charles Ashby in the Grand Junction Sentinel.