As the legislative session heats up, I am fighting hard for water rights in Colorado. I am a member of the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, and I am constantly working toward having more efficient water infrastructure and water use for our state so that we may continue to grow our economy.
My biggest effort on this issue is for water storage on the South Platte River. This session, I am bringing forth a bill that I believe can alleviate the loss of an agricultural water resource, help replenish the Front Range's aquifers, and keep Western Slope water from being diverted east over the Continental Divide. The South Platte River is the only major river in Colorado that does not have a water storage dam in its main stem, so I believe this will be a no-brainer.
Why is this so important? Well, just last spring, over two million acre-feet of water -water that we could have legally stored and used in Colorado- left the state with no way to contain it. This water could be used to keep our economy strong and our agricultural jobs secure. That is why I support water storage on the South Platte River's main stem.