07 Dec '17, 7pm

Colorado Water Plan Has Become 'Colorado Dam Plan'

You'd have thought the earth moved exactly two years ago with all the ballyhoo at the State Capitol when Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled the final Colorado Water Plan. I stood in the west foyer of the Capitol as every TV camera in the city pointed at Hickenlooper and his then-Colorado Water Conservation Board director, James Eklund. Bold promises were made that the plan was going to save our rivers , farms, cities, and the whole state from the coming catastrophe of population growth. I was deeply involved in the Colorado Water Plan process, and at the time I issued a big word of caution in the form of a newspaper column that was printed in seven outlets across the state. I warned that the plan was too heavily focused on draining and damming rivers rather than protecting and restoring them. Now, two years out from that unveiling, I take no solace in being right. In fact, th...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/colorado-water-plan-dams-2515667...

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