Good news: A full reservoir |

Good news: A full reservoir


The report this week that Dillon Reservoir is going to be filled, added to the addtional snowfall on Wednesday night and Thursday, could be the best news the county has received all winter.For much of the wet season, the destiny of our snowpack was mediocre at best, and stuck right below average. What worries us most during these times are the potential for spring droughts leading to high fire danger and a summer filled with smoke in the air.Alas, even with the good news, the overall picture has not changed: Large housing and commercial developments will continue to tax Denver Water’s reservoir system, not to mention Gov. Ritter’s push for more ethanol plants in Colorado adding more pressure on eastern plains farms to deliver a large supply which, of course, needs a large supply of water. Already, pipelines like the Colorado Big Thompson Project – which pulls water from Granby Lake and other regional reservoirs – feed hundreds of thousands of acre feet down to Front Range towns and cities. We encourage everyone – including the elected officials who regulate water usage in our area towns – to be conscious that, even with a wet spring and a full reservoir, water conservation should be on the tops of our minds. Demand will continue to grow in the arid and booming West, no matter what falls from the sky.

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