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Geoff Elliott: State of the River, a sobering reminder

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.

Geoff Elliott

Grand Lake

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