Conservation: State support for local efforts to handle water more wisely is appropriate

The Durango Herald – January 14, 2015
It is no great mystery that Colorado is facing an impending water shortage, owed to statewide population growth projections – heavily weighted to Front Range communities, and a limited statewide water supply – heavily weighted to the Western Slope. That geographical imbalance between supply and demand is further complicated by the fact that quenching Colorado’s collective thirst will require transferring water currently earmarked for agriculture purposes to that cleared for human use. That can lead to dramatic physical re-routing of water flows, as well as implications for the state’s economic diversity and the agriculture sector in particular. This is a large issue, and our ability to solve it to the entire state’s satisfaction is directly proportional to our ability to use water wisely. Conservation is key.

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