“Gulp!” In More Ways Than One: Water Rights a Local Case

by admin on January 13, 2013

Posted by Tracy Sweely

Maybe it's just because I don't know enough about this subject, but even in its cheery cartoon format this scares the bejesus out of me.

Clearly, the up close and personal reason is that as a farmer in Colorado, I've suffered drought conditions in the last several years. But I've been suffering through with the express hope that these conditions are an anomaly that are sure to pass. I mean, I remember when I first moved to Colorado in 1993 we had thundershowers every afternoon in the summer. Not so much anymore... But the history summarized in this video brings into sharp focus something I've been only vaguely aware of, that water has ALWAYS been an issue here.

Ok, yeah, that's one thing... But another thing is the fact that the population in Colorado has been and continues to grow. And this along with intense pressures from the energy sector for gas development through fracking, which can potentially contaminate groundwater, does not bode well for the future of our water supply. Colorado can't be the only place where we find ourselves in a precarious relationship with water, and I can't be the only one worried... Please comment and let us know the situation in your area.

Thank you Grace Hood for bringing this to my attention!

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