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On stressed Colorado River, states test how many more diversions watershed can bear

COAL CREEK CANYON, Colo. – The Colorado River is short on water. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at a slate of proposed water projects in the river’s Upper Basin states of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Denver Water wants to increase the size of one dam by 131 feet and fill the human-made lake with more water from the headwaters of the Colorado River via a tunnel that traverses the Continental Divide.