04/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Water Laws Take Center Stage In Colorado Legislature

DENVER - Lawyers, rafts and money: Those are the debates in store for Colorado's water community this year at the Legislature.

A Pueblo Democrat wants to make sure that water imports from wet basins to dry ones don't harm people in the original basin. And a Gunnison representative wants to make sure rafting guides can float the state's rivers, no matter who owns the riverbank.

Both bills, though, could be overshadowed by the money crunch, which could hit irrigators and water users just as hard as the rest of the state.

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