Geoff Elliott: State of the River, a sobering reminder
May 17, 2012
State of the River sobering
To the Editor:
Last Wednesday’s State of the River meeting was a sobering reminder of how dependent Grand County is upon Mother Nature and upstream water diversions.
One bright spot in all the technical slides was a graph by Denver Water’s Bob Steger that shows:
• Denver water use has leveled off in the last 10 years even with continued population growth;
• And most of the remaining variation in Denver water use is due to urban irrigation (wet summers vs dry summers).
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We thus see that Denver Water does not actually need additional raw water via the Moffat Firming Project to meet their water needs but rather a more aggressive water conservation program.
Interestingly, Denver Water finds itself in the same position they were in 1990 re: the aborted Two Forks project – no convincing purpose for the project, no real need, and clearly no respect for the actual state of the river.