Wilson to Support Effort to Retain Dedicated Water Funds

October 18, 2011

(Denver) – State Rep. Roger Wilson announced today that he will seek House of Representatives approval of a resolution to end the siphoning of water revenues for purposes that aren’t related to management of Colorado’s water conservation projects.

Wilson, a Glenwood Springs Democrat whose sprawling Western Slope district also includes Aspen and Gunnison, is a member of the interim Water Resources Review Committee, which issued its recommendations today. The committee, which has been meeting at locations across the state this summer and fall, endorsed the resolution and five bills to be introduced in the next legislative session, which begins in January.

The resolution says the cash-strapped state “has diverted $422 million into the general fund from sources that would otherwise have been available for water infrastructure,” and asserts that the diversion “has had a devastating effect on the maintenance and development of water infrastructure in Colorado.”

“It’s getting harder and harder to fund the state’s obligations,” Wilson said. “Although we’re balancing the budget, we’re borrowing against our future water needs.”

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