Lindstrom: I don’t support water bill |

Lindstrom: I don’t support water bill

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE COUNTY – The ad must have worked.That ad, which ran in Tuesday’s Vail Daily, urged residents to call State Sen. Jack Taylor and Rep. Gary Lindstrom to express their opposition to Senate Bill 62 (see box).The problem, as Lindstrom saw it, was that the ad implied he supports the measure.”I don’t support it,” said Lindstrom who represents Eagle County and neighboring Summit and Lake counties. “I couldn’t support it in its current form.”But, other than noting that Taylor is the bill’s sponsor, the ad doesn’t imply that Lindstrom supports it.”It only says he’ll be considering the bill,” said Paul Witt, whose Eagle-based public relations company placed the ad for a group called Citizens for Recreational Water.

Witt would identify the group only as a client of his.In addition to the ad in the Vail Daily, the group placed similar ads in papers in Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs and Durango, Witt said.The bill has generated heat on both sides. Lindstrom said a committee debate on the bill drew a standing room only audience. He’s also heard plenty of opposition to the bill aside from the handful of calls and e-mails he received after the ad ran.”We have a huge recreational water industry in Eagle and Summit counties,” Lindstrom said. While agricultural groups tend to favor the bill, Lindstrom said those groups are practically nonexistent in his district. And as far as Witt and his clients are concerned, Lindstrom’s position is a good thing, Witt said. “If he opposes it, great. We want people to call him to support that position,” Witt said. =================

What’s Senate Bill 62?What it does: Limits future claims for “recreational” water rights.Sponsor: Sen. Jack Taylor, a Steamboat Springs Republican whose district includes Eagle County.Status: The bill cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday by a 4-3 vote and now goes to the full Senate.

Supporters claim: That the bill will keep recreational water rights holders from putting the brakes on renovating old reservoirs or buildings new ones.Opponents claim: The bill would lower the status of recreational water rights.=====================Vail, Colorado

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