Colo. urged to fight Rio Grande water change

Rio Grande, restoration

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – A southern Colorado water district says the state should fight a conservation group’s push to force Colorado to change the way it sends water to New Mexico in the Rio Grande.

Rio Grande Water Conservation District attorney David Robbins says Colorado is fulfilling its obligations under the 1939 Rio Grande Compact that governs the river’s use.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Thursday that WildEarth Guardians wants Colorado to change the timing of its water diversions from the river.

The group says Colorado doesn’t allow enough water to flow into New Mexico during the breeding season of the Rio Grande silvery minnow.

The group notified Colorado officials in January in intended to sue, and last week it asked the U.S. Interior Department to take a bigger role in managing the river.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain

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