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 …
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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.
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