Colorado governor: Western water policies must change |

Colorado governor: Western water policies must change

DENVER, Colorado – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter says western states must work together on water issues if the region is to continue to grow.

Ritter told the Western States Water Council, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Western Governor’s Association on Tuesday that western states need to work with local communities to make sure water is available before new development projects are approved.

The groups are holding a three-day symposium on water issues. The theme of the meeting is “Water and Land Use Planning for a Sustainable Future.”

The council is an organization of representatives appointed by the governors of 18 Western states. The purposes of the council are to promote cooperation, development and management of water resources.

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