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Weekly water roundup: The fight for water

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Photo: Pueblo Dam -- USBR

Short takes from the week in Colorado water:

The fight for water named top story of the decade by The Pueblo Chieftain

Since the 1980s municipalities have been drying up farms all across eastern Colorado. The fight to keep water from being exported from the Arkansas River Basin is the story of the decade according to The Pueblo Chieftain. And it is an fascinating story as well.

As water is removed from agriculture farmland dries up, farm economies wither and government services suffer as the tax base shrinks. The Chieftain has led the way in trying to head off the demise of agriculture in the Valley.

Aaron Million's transmountain pipeline project named story of the year in Green River

Meanwhile Aaron Million's dream to pipe water to the Front Range via a transmountain diversion from the Green River in Wyoming was the story of the year in Green River, by the Green River Star.

The pipeline will bring water from a point on the river just downstream of the town and also from a pump station in Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Colorado. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of developing the draft environmental assessment for the project right now.

Happy New Year

Many thanks to you readers for you comments over the past year.

For more info: I follow Colorado water issues at Coyote Gulch.

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