Our water is still in jeopardy | SummitDaily.com

Our water is still in jeopardy

A new Colorado General Assembly session nears and we fear for our water. The Rocky Mountain News reported Tuesday that all of the Front Range water interests are going to meet to create a united front.

About what, we are not sure, but the fractious way water is handled has often created problems in trying to increase water storage.

The word was that we on the Western Slope – who have most of the state’s water, at least until it’s diverted to the Front Range – should not fear.

But we do.

The defeat of Referendum A Nov. 4 was only one battle in a long war. Front Range water interests will be back with an array of legislative actions to try to get more water.

At this time, we also issue our annual warning about attempts to weaken what’s known as county 1040 powers – the ability of a county to reject a project based on environmental and other concerns.

The powers have been used to stall and reject Front Range water projects for unfettered growth. Growth is not the problem, per se.

Growth without water is. Water hogs like to color water concern as a backdoor way to limit growth.

We look at it this way. When you live on a High Plains desert, water limits everything. The land only has so much carrying capacity, much more so with the water ethics currently in place.

The Front Range has grown across the desert trying to make it look like North Carolina, unmindful of the limits of water. Now, the Front Range is learning its limits, especially in the south metro area.

We also believe that any water project should require local mitigation, which means local water storage should be created to offset what will be siphoned eastward.

Heads up. There is much more to come. Learn about water so you can do your part in the battle.

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