From the Montrose Dail Press (Katharhynn Heidelberg):
Monday, commissioners inked an agreement with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. The agreement calls for cooperation “in order to further common objectives in appropriating and developing water rights and water resources.” Tri-State withdrew its opposition to the county’s filing on in-stream flow rights on 17 miles of the river. In exchange, the county agreed to provide water to Tri-State, pending need and availability, at a rate to be set by the county. The county moved last year to file its in-stream flow application in advance of the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s application. County officials cite a need to secure water rights on the West End for development and growth.