December 30, 2007--Three million reasons to worry about water in Colorado (Durango Herald)

More than 4.7 million people live in Colorado today. By 2035, an additional 3 million people are expected to move here. And there are no plans to make sure they all have water. That's because cities and counties decide how and where to grow. Water providers don't have veto power over growth. They just look for more water to serve the newcomers. But a small number of water experts is starting to speak up about growth.

Jenny Russell, a Telluride water attorney, criticizes Front Range cities that assume the Western Slope will send them water for their future residents. "That's irresponsible to say you have enough for now and you're going to grow until you come to a deficit," Russell said.

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