Gail Schwartz

State Sen. Gail Schwartz visits with the staff at the Herald Democrat during a visit to town Nov. 8.

LEADVILLE – Colorado’s Water Plan was foremost on the mind of state Sen. Gail Schwartz as she visited in her district Nov. 8, including the office of the Herald Democrat.

She explained that Gov. John Hickenlooper in May issued an executive order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop Colorado’s Water Plan, but the plan itself will be the culmination of more than 8 years work through the Interbasin Compact Committee and the Basin Roundtable process.

Leadville and Lake County are part of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable, which meets monthly in Pueblo and has 53 voting members.

Schwartz urges citizens to get involved in the roundtable, especially some of the younger people.

She noted that providing new water storage is especially crucial. Information on all the roundtables and opportunities for input is available at

Schwartz expressed disappointment that Amendment 66 did not pass, as it would have made a difference for Lake County schools. She did note that passage of Proposition AA, the retail marijuana tax, will provide funds for school facilities.

Schwartz will be term limited after this term and noted that she is supporting Carrie Donovan, of Eagle County, as her replacement in the Senate.

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