While it is not always clear whether a wetland has a direct surface connection to a qualifying stream, experts say the decision removed federal protections from at least half of Colorado’s wetlands.
“If you make it easy to conserve water, they will do it,” he said. “If you make it really difficult, then they will come back to it when they have time. That is the reason that so many people continue with their current landscaping year after year. It takes time to make changes.”
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The genesis for the five-part series currently underway exploring water use devoted to urban landscapes came last winter when Allen Best, a longtime Colorado journalist who has contributed to this news organization since 2013, approached Aspen Journalism to see if we would be interested in collaborating on a project he had long wanted to pursue.…
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“It’s not about drought years,” says Eagle River Water and Sanitation District’s general manager. “It’s about a drying climate. We have to get people to shift their attitudes, to know that water is getting to be more scarce.”