Change in water rights needed
August 27, 2002
Water is a coveted resource and water rights go back to the turn of the century. It would be truly wonderful if all the water rights holders would shut off the diversions and leave the water in the creeks and rivers for the fish, the bugs, the rafters, birds and plants.
Our antiquated laws say if you don’t use it, you lose it. In times of drought the state should suspend historic use quotas and allow donations of water on a temporary basis. It may be possible.
The person to contact in this valley is Peter Nichols of the nonprofit Colorado Water Trust, 963-6273.
Many ranches have been developed in this valley. You would think there are water rights that exceed actual use. Call and be a hero.