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Letter: Ideas to save water

Susan Rhea
Glenwood Springs

I submit applause to Joe Mollica’s letter on Feb. 11, submitting his comments on the recent “Basin Roundtable Discussions” and ideas for implementing water conservation. I was reminded of a recent Hot Springs Pool conversation I had with a Nebraska farmer, who related that he replaced his aging, antiquated, irrigation system through a government grant. Mind you, he received a grant, not a loan, for replacing his water-guzzling irrigation system with a modern water-conserving one. He said it was great; his electrical costs are down (pumping) and his crop growth is better.

I’ve often wondered, seeing the spray of water into the air over the grass for our grass-fed beef industry, really? This is the best we can do? Perhaps we can get some grants from our downstream neighbors to pay for better irrigation systems, since grants from the ever-tightening feds might be harder to get. And maybe we can get those Front Rangers to pay for better irrigation in east Colorado ranches and farms. The tools are available, the cost reductions are clear, the water conservation is undeniable.

Once again, all it takes is will to make it happen.


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