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Not mad at the farmers

After reading the front-page article regarding the diversion project in the Roaring Fork River, I would also like to add that some of my family are farmers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Our intent was not to be mad at the farmers; we just wanted to see if what they were doing was legal. As a graduate of Fort Lewis College, with a degree in political science, I’ve taken many courses in environmental politics and water rights.

I’ve always understood that the farmers of this country have water rights ahead of rafting companies. We were just wondering about the way they were performing the building of the diversion with mechanical equipment.

Ajax Whitewater Co. has no ill will toward the farmers in the Roaring Fork Valley or the United States. I actually think the farmers of this country are part of what makes the United States a great country and personally feel they have been misrepresented and mistreated by many in this country over the past 25 years or so.

Tom W. Anderson

Ajax Whitewater Co.


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