Roundtables Mini Conservation Summit

In early December representatives from the State’s Basin Roundtables met in Silverthorne to discuss methods to increase conservation efforts. This has been a point of contention between the Front Range and Western Slope. As one Gunnison Basin representative put it, typical Western Slope sentiment has been “Conservation is good for you (the Front Range), but maybe not for us.” Front Range water providers, however, contend that they can't achieve enough conservation through just their efforts to take significant pressure off of agriculture and Western Slope water as sources for additional future supplies. After much discussion, one point of consensus emerged--everyone, on both sides of the divide, needs to do more to conserve water and we'll likely need some statewide legislation to get there. The desire to keep water on the Western Slope and on farms won out over the desire to oppose any statewide encroachment on local control.