Why am I uneasy about the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement? One reason would be the fact that Eastern Slope developers and annexing municipalities are not required by statute to quantify new water needs or to address where water is to come from. Even with conservation and reuse, the Front Range cannot support unlimited growth with water.This agreement leaves our side open to more diversions. Locally, do we really think $500,000 is going to make up for (existing!) water diversion to the Front Range in times of drought? Do we send the water to them and then use the money to truck it back over here?Thank God and Joe Mollica for the Glenwood Springs waterpark and an actual “instream water right.””Learn by doing” is not a management plan. It’s a wait ’til the – – – – hits the fan, plan, a drought year non-plan, when the entire Eastern Slope needs our water, after the lawns have dried up and water is even scarce for flushing toilets, washing clothes and taking showers.At this point “learn by doing” will be a plan, albeit a temporary, emergency plan to divert water, at any cost to our rivers, to save all that population.The agreement addresses the symptoms and doesn’t mention the cure.Is there a mention of agriculture?And of course this year, with record snowfall in the high country, our thoughts will dwell on floods, not drought.What am I missing?Barb CoddingtonGlenwood Springs
Thanks for the article on the April 26 Post Independent on the continuing rehab of the Glenwood Springs Amtrak portion of our historic Rio Grande Depot. I thought you might want to know of all the other upcoming railroad activity around town.May 1 is the 40th anniversary of Amtrak, a.k.a. the National Railroad Passenger Corp. Amtrak serves our city with two California Zephyr trains each day, connecting us with California, Chicago and the rest of the United States.On May 4, we will welcome author Rich Farewell to the 7 p.m. meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. He wrote “Rio Grande: A Last Look Back 1974-2010,” and will bring 160 slides of the Denver & Rio Grande’s Western Slope trackage and the Craig Branch. The public is invited to this event at the Railroad Museum in the Depot.At their May 5 meeting, the Glenwood Springs City Council will be issuing a proclamation making National Train Day an “official” event in Glenwood, then on Saturday, May 7, we will be celebrating National Train Day at the depot with refreshments and free museum tours.We hope everyone will join us in appreciating the huge role the railroads have played in the life of Glenwood Springs and our nation.Jan GirardotGlenwood Springs
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