Politicians to Front Range: Leave Western Slope Water Alone
The State of Colorado has a dilemma on their hands and it could leave the Western Slope dry.
Nearly 80% of the population of the state lives on the Front Range while nearly 80% of the precipitation in Colorado falls on the western side of the state. So, while we on the Western Slope of Colorado have all of the water we need to take care of what our needs are, the Front Range has a shortfall, so guess where they get their water?
But politicians like Scott Tipton say enough is enough:
“We cannot expect the Western Slope ... to carry the water demands for the Front Range,” he said. “And to supply every growing urban mass on the Front Range is something we need to make sure we’re protected from.”
Studies have shown there will be less water in the western portion of the state and more people moving in on the eastern side of the state which will leave a shortfall everywhere. Politicians and water managers are trying to plan for an increase in population but a decrease in available water. The population in Colorado is expected to reach 8.7 million people by 2050, and Colorado could see a shortfall in water that will leave many areas of the state with serious water restrictions.
So, what can be done about it?
There are plans being made, but the real issue is money. The water plan being devised would cost in the neighborhood of $40 billion dollars. The state has budgeted $10 million. And a ballot initiative could add an additional $15 million.
Seems like water isn't the only shortfall we're dealing with.