Agricultural Dryup

August 26, 2014--In Colorado, conversation about lawn water use begins (KUNC)

As Colorado plans for a future with more people and less water, some in the world of water are turning to the problem of lawns. In the 2014 legislative session, state senator Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) introduced a bill that would limit lawns in new developments if they took water from farms.

January 14, 2014--Water transfer bill top of docket (Durango Herald)

By Colorado Senator Ellen Robers: My first bill has been introduced, and it addresses lawn irrigation in new subdivisions when the water used is transferred from agricultural use. It would take effect in 2016. I’ve received lots of input on the bill.

October 16, 2013--Flexibility, creativity needed to ensure enough future water for Colorado cities, ag producers (Greeley Tribune)

In a state where more water transactions have taken place than possibly any other spot in the world, Colorado has a “well-functioning” water market — but extra efforts will be required to keep its farms, ranches and dairies operating.

July 29, 2013--Talk of state’s water flows from interim committee (Colorado Statesman)

Colorado faces the loss of hundreds of thousands of agricultural lands due to a statewide “buy and dry” problem, but water advocates hope that a new statewide water plan will slow those losses to a trickle. Last week, the legislative Interim Water Resources Review Committee met in Gunnison to discuss how that plan is taking shape.

January 9, 2012--State closely watching Super Ditch launch (Pueblo Chieftain)

Finding a way to allow farmers to sell water to cities without giving up their water rights is a key piece of the state’s strategy to meet future water needs. “There has to be better ways of using agricultural water,” said John Stulp, water policy adviser for Gov.

October 5, 2011--No easy chair for water solutions (Pueblo Chieftain)

State water leaders have made heavy use of a four-legged stool when describing how the future water needs of the state will be met. It hasn’t been a very comfortable place to sit — somewhere between a rock and the hard-back chairs in the places the water leaders meet.

December 10, 2010--Water tops priorities of newly elected state, federal officials (Greeley Tribune)

Colorado does not have a sufficient drought plan in place, and if the state hopes to efficiently use its water supply, it must be better prepared, Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper said Thursday.

June 18, 2010--Water conservation: An essential piece of the water supply puzzle (Grand Junction Free Press)

Based on population projections for 2050 (estimated between 8.7 million and 10.3 million), water needs for energy development, water needs for recreation and endangered species, and the impact of climate changes — the shortages projected are alarming. One of the key components of future water supply planning is water conservation.

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