What People Are Saying

Fresh Water News – January 22, 2020
Pressure to export San Luis Valley farm water builds. Come witness the story firsthand with Fresh Water News and PBS’ This American Land.

In a new partnership, PBS’ This American Land and Fresh Water News travel to the historic San Luis Valley, where water supplies are under pressure as Front Range developers promote a controversial export plan.

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Durango Herald – January 18, 2020
As the Southwest dries out, water managers increasingly look to cloud seeding.

Southwest Colorado has long been considered part of the arid West. But as a decades-long drought grips the region, and the population only increases, adequate water supply has become a greater concern to farmers, urban planners and ski resorts.

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OutThere Colorado – December 23, 2019
Concerns about future prompt water restrictions in Colorado city.

Colorado Springs is following the lead of Denver and other Front Range cities that have instituted permanent water restrictions amid mounting concerns about future water shortages.

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9News – December 23, 2019
The new sports betting law won’t make it rain for Colorado’s Water Plan. Here’s why.

Proposition DD legalized sports betting as of May 1, 2020, and was advertised as a way to bring in millions of dollars in revenue to Colorado’s Water Plan.

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The Colorado Sun – December 20, 2019
Sports betting won’t generate any money for Colorado’s water needs in the first year, new analysis says.

The Colorado Gaming Division only expects sports betting, which begins in Colorado in May, to generate between $1.5 million and $1.7 million in tax revenue in the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

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Associated Press – December 12, 2019
U.S. water chief praises Colorado River deal, but she also sees challenges.

The river supplies 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming as well as a $5 billion-a-year agricultural industry.

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Fresh Water News – November 20, 2019
Water crisis looms if Colorado fails to meet its legal obligations to other states, study warns.

If water consumption increases by as little as 12%, the risk of Front Range spigots and farmland going dry doubles. But some call the findings scare tactics.

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Colorado Sun and Bitterroot – October 7, 2019
As metro Denver grows, another caller wants to tap the vast aquifer under the San Luis Valley.

Politically well-connected Renewable Water Resources has Gov. Bill Owens in its court, but a coalition of water warriors has fended off two other attempts.

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Denver Post – September 16, 2019
Developers seeking water for booming Front Range look to the San Luis Valley, where farmers already face well shut-offs.

Ex-Gov. Bill Owens part of firm looking to build pipeline to help bring water to thirsty Denver suburbs.

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Fresh Water News – June 26, 2019
Denver developer, former governor make $118M play for San Luis Valley water.

Henry, Colo.: As the sun sets at the Colorado Farm Brewery, a light breeze plays over a deep green rye field that borders the patio. As they do most Thursday nights, nearly two dozen people have wandered into this scenic, rural bar 250 miles southwest of Denver to relax and visit with neighbors.

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Denver Post – December 10, 2014
Colorado water plan draft goes to Hickenlooper to address shortfall.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday welcomed the first draft of the first Colorado Water Plan, calling it a useful starting point for avoiding “illogically dysfunctional” strife.

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Denver Business Journal – May 15, 2013
Hickenlooper directs Colorado agencies to create water plan.

The state will start work on a new “Colorado Water Plan” to figure out how to secure enough water supplies across the state to meet urban and rural demands, according to an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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