Colo. gov. calls on water managers to craft state plan
DENVER, Colorado – Gov. Bill Ritter is urging a group looking at water issues statewide to offer some ideas by the time he leaves office in 11 months.
Ritter is also calling on the Interbasin Compact Committee to meet more often this year to speed up work on figuring out how Colorado will meet the water needs of its growing population. The state’s population is expected to double to 10 million by 2050.
The governor, who isn’t seeking a second term, spoke Thursday at the annual convention of the Colorado Water Congress. He says without a statewide plan, the Front Range cities have been buying water rights from eastern plain farmers.
Ritter says drying up agricultural land isn’t an acceptable future for the state.
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