Hickenlooper on Water

Governor Hickenlooper’s State of the State address related to water issues is provided below. It was one of six topics that he focused on. The others were: budget, education, efficiency, health care, and jobs.

Colorado's future depends upon how we cultivate our intellectual treasures and our natural resources. Much attention has been devoted to a debate about energy, the right balance between developing natural gas, coal, and renewable energies. But the natural resource that may, in the end, have the greatest impact on Colorado's economic growth, is water. A recent report by the Inter-Basin Compact Committee makes clear that a "status quo" approach to water will inevitably lead to pressures that harm our environment and dry up precious agricultural land. We cannot let that happen. The IBCC and other water leaders and stakeholders across Colorado are ready to work in a comprehensive way to develop strategies, especially conservation, to ensure that our cities and rural communities are both protected. We want this effort close to the Governor's Office but to send a clear and unambiguous message that water is a top priority in this administration. We'll take this ethic of collaboration and the search for common-ground to other issues besides water. Protecting our environment, keeping our air clean, conserving the natural beauty that defines Colorado--these are values we cherish and we won't sacrifice them. In this regard, we are surely on the right path as we implement legislation that was signed into law last year, the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act. This law places Colorado at the forefront in reducing pollutants, creating jobs and while it hasn't been without controversy, we shouldn't move backwards.