Letter: No moral diversion right
November 25, 2014
The Front Range has the legal right to divert more water from the headwaters of the Colorado River, but does it have the moral right to deprive half a continent of another 160,000 to 600,000 acre-feet of water per year?
The Roaring Fork Watershed already gives 77 percent of it's water to the Front Range. The Roaring Fork Watershed already is drained to the "endangered" level.
The Colorado Water Plan proposes another 52 projects and another eight diversions in the Colorado River basin. The plan was approved by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and sent to the governor's desk Nov. 19. There is a verbal "promise" that the diversions would be small, between 20,000 to 75,000 acre-feet per year per diversion.
Fish don't have legal rights in Colorado, neither do trees or birds or anything with four feet. The people of the Western Slope don't have the senior water rights to stop this. The other states along the Colorado have no say in this. All any of us can do is raise our voices and cry "Shame! Shame on you for killing the West with thirst!"
Thompson Divide is nothing compared to this.
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