In Brief: Colorado River test releases by Front Range cities underway

According to reporting from the Post Independent, Front Range water providers are taking a proactive approach to preventing a potential Colorado River Compact call by releasing test water from Homestake Reservoir and sending it downstream to the Colorado state line. The experiment is being used to see how much water makes it to the state line, and how “shepherding” by state administrators will work to ensure the water isn’t diverted by other water users on its way. It’s one more step needed to see how Colorado might move water downstream to help relieve stress on the Colorado River system. Aurora Water, Colorado Springs Utilities, and Pueblo Board of Water Works will each release 600 acre-feet from Homestake Reservoir. The release, which began last week, is scheduled to end Sept. 30.

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