Jim Pokrandt: Water interests oppose 60, 61 and 101 | SummitDaily.com

Jim Pokrandt: Water interests oppose 60, 61 and 101

Jim Pokrandt, Chair
Colorado Basin Roundtable

The Colorado Basin Roundtable opposes Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 on the Nov. 2 ballot as damaging to future efforts to provide Colorado with adequate water supplies.

The Colorado Basin Roundtable is an organization of water providers, agricultural, recreational and environmental interests formed by state legislation in 2005 to help foster statewide water supply solutions. Members representing these water interests come from counties flanking the Colorado River mainstem from the headwaters at the Continental Divide to the Utah border.

Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 would, upon full implementation, create a $4.2 billion deficit in state and local government. Water service districts would be included in the carnage.

Furthermore, they would severely limit the ability of government and water districts to borrow money or raise revenues to fund infrastructure repairs, improvements, environmental protection and recreation. If these measures pass, Colorado’s ability to protect our water resources and natural environment while providing adequate drinking water to a population slated to double to 10 million people by 2050 will be severely curtailed. The Colorado Basin 1177 Roundtable urges voters to say no to ballot measures 60, 61 and 101.’

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