Judge Orders Water for Golden's Whitewater Park in CO
The judge ruled for the city over protests from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which had sued Golden to protect the water for more traditional uses (farming, industry, domestic, etc.) and claimed that Clear Creek doesn't have sufficient water to support Golden's whitewater park.
However, Judge Hays ruled that Golden is entitled to 1,000 cubic feet of water during the summer months.
The report quotes Golden's water attorney, Glenn Porzak, "It was the first time that a large water claim was made for water for recreational use." Porzak added, "You've got to take off your blinders. This is the present and the future of the state. People come here to recreate, and that has huge economic benefits."
An appeal of the ruling is still possible.