Water board puts pinch on Colorado-Big Thompson quota

Posted: Apr 15, 2013

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Eric Brown, Greeley Tribune
Horsetooth Reservoir

For only the second time in 56 years, the quota set for the Colorado-Big Thompson Project will be limited by how little water is available, rather than based on the demands of the region.

After hearing suggestions from its water users Thursday, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District’s board of directors will set a quota for the C-BT Project today to determine how much water will be released this year from the system — which, with its 12 reservoirs, is the largest water supply project in the region.

But, because reservoir levels are low and snowpack in the mountains is limited, the board will be restricted in how much water it can allow farmers and cities to use in 2013.

The only other year the board has been so limited in the quota it could set was 2003 — following the historic drought year of 2003.

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