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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column starting a campaign to “Keep Dillon Reservoir Full.”Now, we wouldn’t be the first to do something like this. We have many focused and loyal members of our community who are on top of the current water situation. The Front Range continues to expand; eventually, their water will dry up; and then they will turn to the reservoirs on the Western Slope to keep their lawns green.This is not new news. But, we wonder if we can start doing more. In Lake Tahoe, they have a campaign to “Keep Tahoe Blue” because, during the right time of the day, you can see it turning green.Pollution, perhaps, should be the new Crayola color.However, they at least have the water to turn into crazy new hues of aquamarine. We, on the other hand, are in an ongoing tug-of-war with the Front Range for our water – blue, green, black, whatever. It’s not ours to drink, after all, it’s owned by Denver Water. But we do like it to recreate. And, I don’t think a barren patch of mud would have the same attraction for tourists.So, if anyone knows how to make “Keep Dillon Reservoir Full” bumper stickers, we’d take a few down here at the Corporate Suites. We’d use them to remind folks that green lawns are not as good of a legacy as we could be leaving.***In other water news, we had to snicker about the irony of the Middle East going through a water shortage, as well. You’d think that we could all join together and figure this thing out, but that takes a bold politician.Experts at the World Economic Forum last week told his attendees that “This is a scary issue,” and that the water deficit is expected to grow in the region to 46 trillion gallons in 2025.Now here’s the real irony: While desalination costs have dropped to 53 cents per cubic meter from $2 a year ago, the cost is skyrocketing again due to oil prices. MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Enough already!SUMMIT UP: Right on. Let’s find a real solution before the Dead Sea and Dillon Reservoir join the likes of Atlantis.***Stephanie the Flagger checked back in to say thanks for all the good drivers lately. She called last week to ask everyone to be patient and to act civilized.”I wanted to commend everyone on the road to Breckenridge for being courteous and very patient,” she says. “Ninety-eight percent have been great. I want to say, ‘Thank you.'”And, while she was standing helping traffic flow through the construction zone, she noticed a sign of summer. Last Friday, she said, the traffic didn’t stop coming into town.Imagine that. And it’s not even June.***It’s Wednesday, and we’re thirsty. E-mail us solutions to water shortages to summitup@summitdaily.com, or leave us a voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out tasting the sand …


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