Water committee urges Colo. to take bigger role

LAKEWOOD — Gov. Bill Ritter says Colorado state government needs to take a bigger role in developing and promoting water projects if the state is going to provide for the estimated 10 million people who will live here in 40 years.

The recommendations were included in a draft report delivered today to Ritter by a committee studying Colorado’s future water needs.

Until now, the state has left most water development projects to local communities and shied away from promoting water projects until the federal government gave its approval.

The governor says without a statewide plan, Front Range cities will continue buying water rights from Eastern Plains farmers and drying up farming.



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