Letter to the editor: Conserve for Colorado's water use

Posted 4/13/21

Conserve for Colorado’s water future Meeting Colorado’s water needs in the face of climate change requires that we significantly reduce the use of water, rather than build more environmentally …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Username
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

If you made a voluntary contribution in 2020-2021, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.


Our print publications are advertiser supported. For those wishing to access our content online, we have implemented a small charge so we may continue to provide our valued readers and community with unique, high quality local content. Thank you for supporting your local newspaper.

Letter to the editor: Conserve for Colorado's water use

Posted

Conserve for Colorado’s water future

Meeting Colorado’s water needs in the face of climate change requires that we significantly reduce the use of water, rather than build more environmentally destructive dams and diversion projects.

In my community, Evergreen, local residents are calling for our county commissioners to make better decisions regarding new buildings. Developers keep adding homes to areas that are already stressed in terms of water use and fire danger. Recently, a 52-home development was approved without regard to the availability of water. Local residents are clearly calling for better decisions that evaluate water availability before approving more development. We are concerned that our county government is more concerned with promoting development than protecting our water supply.

Evergreen residents generally maintain natural forest and fields that do not require using groundwater. But we don’t have much hope when the rampant development continues.

We also find that poorly managed cattle grazing significantly damages riparian resources, in addition to degrading our prairie grasslands. Working with ranchers to improve grazing practices can lead to the important protection of biological resources.

The Colorado Water Plan is an important step in the right direction but it requires funding to be successful. We can reduce our use of water. We just need to have sound decisions and direction. Please urge Governor Polis and local elected officials to prioritize the water conservation and The Colorado Water Plan!

JoAnn Hackos, Ph.D.

Evergreen

Comments

Our Papers

Ad blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.