The Colorado River basin in Colorado is that portion of the Colorado River Basin which lies in Colorado, generally that portion of Colorado west of the Continental Divide. As used in Colorado "Colorado River basin" refers to the mainstem of the Colorado, not to the basins of tributaries such as the San Juan River or the White River which join the Colorado downstream from Colorado. Even the Gunnison River basin is sometimes excluded.

Oil shaleEdit

There is an extensive oil shale deposit which lies between the Colorado River and its tributary the White River to the north. Development of that resource, which may occur during the 21st century, will require vast amounts of water. In anticipation of development major oil companies have purchased, and leased back to agricultural producers, much of the flow of those rivers, about 7.5 million acre-feet.

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