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Towns watch each other’s water

Nicole Frey

AVON – After spending more than $1 million to restore a portion of the Eagle River, the town of Minturn is asking for more water to improve the health of the river. But the town of Avon is saying ‘no way.’Actually, although the Avon Town Council unanimously officially declared its opposition, the town will take a neutral stance about whether Minturn gets the water or not, said Avon town engineer Norm Wood.”We have to take what looks like a bad approach, but it’s nothing antagonistic,” Wood said.Declaring opposition is simply required in order to get a seat at the table when the request for more water goes to water court. “It’s pretty standard practice,” Wood said. “You need to do it to get all the information. It’s just a matter of staying on top of what’s going on.”But however “standard” the procedure was, Minturn was “surprised that Avon felt the need to file statements of opposition,” said Anne Castle, Minturn’s water attorney, in an e-mail. Wood said Minturn will likely take the same stance when Avon’s request for water for an incoming whitewater park goes to court. And Castle confirmed the Minturn Town Council recently approved opposing Avon’s water request.”Minturn also wants to ensure that there is no potential for injury to Minturn’s water rights from the Avon application,” Castle said. ‘Minturn also wants a “place at the table’ for the Avon application.”Wood also said Minturn being granted more water for its section of the Eagle River won’t have an affect on Avon or its current requests for more water. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or Vail, Colorado

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