Water & Front Range Growth
They say, “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting.”
As urban populations grow, small urban house districts will get smaller and more numerous and thus powerful, while rural districts like ours will get larger in landmass, but less numerous and thus less powerful. This will continue to strain our relationship with the front range.
The potential for a compact call for water on the Colorado River will be a demonstration of that schism. Denver, Aurora and Colorado Springs depend heavily on water rights out of the Colorado River that are junior to the 1922 Colorado River Compact. Approximately 80% of water rights in the state are Agricultural, and many on the western slope are senior to 1922. There will be a push to use those senior water rights to meet potential calls while protecting the “needs” of the junior urban rights. Any legislation that calls for the use of Western Slope water to answer a compact call out of priority will be voluntary, temporary, and compensated. I will fight against buy and dry.
In Southwest Colorado, we manage our water resources. I’ll work to keep our water here where it belongs, and work to reduce misuse of our water on the Front Range.