CFWE Citizen’s Guide to Colorado Climate Change
A Few Predictions on How Coloradans Will Adapt Coloradans will adapt to climate change. We’ve always had to. We will expect our water managers to conserve well, plan well, and price water for what it’s really worth. We will expect our land use decision makers to shape communities that look and live great and water frugally. We will find our way to restore waterways we’ve wrecked in the past. We will foster farmers who feed us on less water and homeowners who sprout native grasses and day lilies instead of turf. We will find a way to buy, lease, trade and share water through interlinked water systems that serve our greater Colorado community with our pooled financial resources. We will enlarge existing reservoirs, build strategically placed new ones, and employ underground storage. We will insist on being rate payers of energy utilities that mind a strict water budget and harness the bounty of our strong winds and many sunny days. We will develop equitable water sharing criteria for humans and the environment in our drought plans. We will put our climate scientists to the task of translating the global, regional, and watershed signs, signals, and trends into predicative tools that lend themselves to prudent risk taking. And we will welcome many more Coloradans and visitors to this land we love.
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Rafters (top) navigate the Arkansas River. A crowd gathered in 1947 (bottom) to watch the first water flow from the Adams Tunnel, a key component of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.