Udall clears the air on water diversion project | PostIndependent.com

Udall clears the air on water diversion project

Dear Editor,

I would like to correct an error regarding my position on the proposed “big straw” water diversion project that was reflected in an Associated Press story about the recent Club 20 candidates’ debate that appeared in your Sept. 8 edition (“Western Slope officials ask for help protecting water”). That story indicated that I expressed support for the “big straw” during that debate. That is not accurate.

I expressed support for examining a range of options to address our current drought situation – including repairing existing dams so that they can hold more water, enlarging other existing dams, finding efficiencies in the current water-supply system and creative solutions such as the storing of surplus run-off in groundwater aquifers. As I am supportive of looking at all options – including the building of new dams where appropriate – I am also in favor of taking a hard look at the “big straw” proposal. However, if, after considering its costs and possible benefits, the state decides to move ahead with this alternative, we must make sure that the Western Slope also benefits from such a large-scale effort and investment.


Mark Udall

Member of Congress

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