March 27, 2012
Water Conservation in the West: What's your Take?
By Tim Romano
Here in the west water is a huge, huge deal no matter what you use it for and there's only going to be less as time goes on. With a growing population base and drier and warmer winters I've certainly noticed watersheds changing here in my home state of Colorado over the last 10+ years. Things just aren't like they used to be. Our namesake river is one of the most diverted and abused rivers in the world. Heck, it doesn't even make it to the ocean any more.
Some of you might have seen this trailer of a movie called Watershed that was produced and narrated by Robert Redford.
In the full length movie you, "meet Jeff Ehlert, a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado rancher Dan James, Delta restoration worker Edith Santiago, Navajo Council member Glojean Todacheene, Rifle Colorado Mayor Keith Lambert, Los Angeles native Jimmy Lizama and a group of Outward Bound teens rafting down the Colorado River as they all reflect a compelling new water ethic—one that illuminates how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all."
Personally it sickens me the way I see water being used here everyday. Saturating non-native grass for your front lawn and landscaping the sides of highways seem like an insane waste to me. Maybe I'm nuts, but I don't see it being a long term sustainable solution if we want to keep these rivers intact.
What about you? Is water conservation a big deal where you live? Have declining snowpacks and water levels effected your fisheries?