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Avery - of 9 not one Western Slope Balks Over New Water...
of 9 not one Western Slope Balks Over New Water Project Denver, Feb. 9--M--A deadlock developed today in Colorado's water conservation board, preventing approval of operating principles for the $146,000,000 proposed Frying Pan-Arkansas reclamation project. Two western Colorado board members flatly refused to approve the wording of one sentence in principles unless directors of conservation districts In their areas approve them. The two were Judge Dan of Montrose and Dan Hunter of Dove Creek. The action obviously angered because southern Colorado representatives. "If time is taken, no one of down here will be responsible for any action any of those cities might take," declared Charles Beise_ of Denver, attorney for the Southeast Colorado Water Users association^ With Director Clifford H. Stone and ex-Gov. Teller Ammons acting as peacemakers, the board finally agreed to meet again Feb. 22 to vote on the operating principles. Both said they wanted a unanimous vote. The decision means that a port on the huge project, which would bring western slope water ,o the Arkansas valley, will have to be made by (the regional reclamation director, Avery A, Batson, without a statement that the state's water board approves. The board was told both by Stone and Batson that the report must go in next Monday. Batson said, however, he would forward the water board's action as soon as possible. The fight developed over a change in wording in one section relating to storage in the Aspen reservoir. The Aspen reservoir, to hold 28,000 acre feet of water, would be built under the project to compensate western slope areas for water taken into the Arkansas valley.

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  1. Greeley Daily Tribune,
  2. 10 Feb 1951, Sat,
  3. Page 5

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