Surge of water projects show little coordination

The Denver Post

A $3 billion scrum of water projects is being developed along the Front Range — but their cumulative impacts, and whether there is water enough for all, remains to be sorted out.

Still, from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, the projects are moving forward, powered, attorneys and water managers say, by Colorado water law's first-come-first-served principle....

"We don't have a water plan; prior appropriation is our plan and it's every man for himself," said Melissa Kassen, a director of Trout Unlimited's Western Water project.

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