Vail Daily letter: Front Range sucking us dry |

Vail Daily letter: Front Range sucking us dry

Bruce Williams
Vail, CO, Colorado

You recently published a couple of articles regarding conflicting needs for water between eastern and western Colorado – first that President Ford helped prevent the entire diversion of Gore Creek and, more recently, the article by David Moryc regarding the upper Colorado.

It appears that water providers for the Eastern Slope have no reluctance toward completely drying up the rivers and streams of western Colorado to satisfy their insatiable demand for water.

Demanding more water from the already endangered upper Colorado and Fraser rivers is making a mockery of the environmental-impact process.

This is like cutting off the nose to spite the face. It not only will destroy the ecology and beauty of western Colorado, but impact the livelihood and lifestyles of the residents on both sides of the divide.

Approximately 80 percent of our water use goes to agriculture, with 10 percent each toward industrial and residential users.

Even a concerted conservation effort by residential users will save only a few percent and probably not satisfy the demand for more.

It is time to convince the Denver Water Board and other Eastern Slope providers that they have gleaned all the water that is viable from the Western Slope over the past 100 years.

They need to refocus their attention toward other sources, such as buying up irrigated farm land, preferably toward the east. Many farms have very senior water rights. Buying up irrigated farm land as it becomes available and taking it out of production would satisfy eastern Colorado residential water needs for years to come.

Bruce Williams


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