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March 23, 2011

Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

By Tim Romano

Today, a little education…

Here in Colorado, water is one of our most valuable resources. It's used for fishing, rafting, and recreation. It's also used for drinking water and irrigation. Water here is limited and if not used wisely disappears forever. Many people here have no idea where the water in their tap comes from. Do you know where your water comes from? Perhaps you should.

One of my favorite places to fish and float is the Upper Colorado River. Right now over 50% of the Upper Colorado River's basin is sucked out and shipped across the continental divide to the front range (where I live). That's right I said 50%. Hard to believe right? Take a couple minutes and watch the video here to learn why 80% to 85% might be taken out in the near future.

As passionate anglers and outdoors-folk I'm asking for a little help here. If you live in the state, know someone else that does or ever want to come and fish our namesake river in the future check out DefendTheColorado.org for the threats, solutions and what we can all do to help preserve what we have left here.

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from shane wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

My favorite is how we like to turn deserts (Arizona geezer/golf zone, Vegas) into green fountain-y paradises. Ridiculous.

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from baconboy206 wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

maybe we should stop letting gazillions of un educated migrants in every year that makes our population explode. Without immigration our population growth would stop, less people= less resources used = people who dont have to worry about using up all their resources

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from rock rat wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

New and old housing developments have regulations about how much irrigated lawn you have to have as a percentage of your front lawns. If you don't maintain and water your lawn you are fined, don't pay your fine and you can have a lean put on your house, still don't pay you lose the house.

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from bberg7794 wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Way too many of us take water for granted. The Colorado watershed for its entire length is a great example of a resource under stress, from Denver to Vegas to LA and all the farms and ranches in between. Doesn't it concern anyone that we fill huge pools of water in Las Vegas for example, for no reason other than they are nice to look at. Yet this is an environment where around 4" of rain fall in a year and the open water evaporation rate is approximately 80" per year. What a waste. Green lawns vs. trout just doesn't seem right.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

i live in new york now, so i'm not sure that i really want to know.

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from Joseph Bishop wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Well, if you fully return the Colorado to proper natural levels and the proper annual you would also have to remove the reservoir and dam system that currently makes it a trout river, and then it wouldn't hold many trout, and many of the native species aren't very good game fish and many are endangered or extinct.

So I guess the question would be how original would you like the river system to me.

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from MLH wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Can't say much good about lawns except that they offer a neat manicured look. Biggest waste of water, time, and fuel ... then consider the fertilizer and bug killers that run off into our streams and groundwater. Ought to be outlawed.

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from kirkdeeter wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

That's a VERY fair question, jeepdude. They don't air-drop that water on the eastern side of the Divide... that makes trout fishing happen on the other side also. And how about Lees Ferry? Probably the most prolific rainbow trout fishery in America... still. Are we still interested in farting around with false floods, or are we willing to accept and manage "where it is, now?"

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from huntenthusiest wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

The water from my tap comes from wonderful Lake Erie. The problem with that is more and more outlying developing communities want it too. Not only that, some are actually wanting it trucked out to them including other states. Where do you draw the line with a resource?

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I have thrown the idea around towards Ron Paul's people that we should lose the Central Banking FED reserve system and base our dollar on potable/drinking water, if it sounds far fetched think about how much drinking water is going for right now at your local store and in devastated Japan. It is our most precious resource, and gold doesn't fill your belly.

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from shane wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

My favorite is how we like to turn deserts (Arizona geezer/golf zone, Vegas) into green fountain-y paradises. Ridiculous.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from bberg7794 wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Way too many of us take water for granted. The Colorado watershed for its entire length is a great example of a resource under stress, from Denver to Vegas to LA and all the farms and ranches in between. Doesn't it concern anyone that we fill huge pools of water in Las Vegas for example, for no reason other than they are nice to look at. Yet this is an environment where around 4" of rain fall in a year and the open water evaporation rate is approximately 80" per year. What a waste. Green lawns vs. trout just doesn't seem right.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from jamesti wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

i live in new york now, so i'm not sure that i really want to know.

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from MLH wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Can't say much good about lawns except that they offer a neat manicured look. Biggest waste of water, time, and fuel ... then consider the fertilizer and bug killers that run off into our streams and groundwater. Ought to be outlawed.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from kirkdeeter wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

That's a VERY fair question, jeepdude. They don't air-drop that water on the eastern side of the Divide... that makes trout fishing happen on the other side also. And how about Lees Ferry? Probably the most prolific rainbow trout fishery in America... still. Are we still interested in farting around with false floods, or are we willing to accept and manage "where it is, now?"

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from huntenthusiest wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

The water from my tap comes from wonderful Lake Erie. The problem with that is more and more outlying developing communities want it too. Not only that, some are actually wanting it trucked out to them including other states. Where do you draw the line with a resource?

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I have thrown the idea around towards Ron Paul's people that we should lose the Central Banking FED reserve system and base our dollar on potable/drinking water, if it sounds far fetched think about how much drinking water is going for right now at your local store and in devastated Japan. It is our most precious resource, and gold doesn't fill your belly.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from rock rat wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

New and old housing developments have regulations about how much irrigated lawn you have to have as a percentage of your front lawns. If you don't maintain and water your lawn you are fined, don't pay your fine and you can have a lean put on your house, still don't pay you lose the house.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from baconboy206 wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

maybe we should stop letting gazillions of un educated migrants in every year that makes our population explode. Without immigration our population growth would stop, less people= less resources used = people who dont have to worry about using up all their resources

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Joseph Bishop wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Well, if you fully return the Colorado to proper natural levels and the proper annual you would also have to remove the reservoir and dam system that currently makes it a trout river, and then it wouldn't hold many trout, and many of the native species aren't very good game fish and many are endangered or extinct.

So I guess the question would be how original would you like the river system to me.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

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