From The Greeley Tribune (Bill Jackson):
Eric Hecox with the Colorado Water Conservation Board said studies are have been started to determine the state’s water supply future, warning that agricultural water users in the South Platte will face a myriad of new challenges as well as opportunities. The biggest of those challenges, he said, is a requirement of an additional 830,000 to 1.7 million acre feet of additional water to meet municipal and industrial needs by 2050. An acre foot of water is enough supply two families with a year’s supply of water. The price tag of meeting those new needs will be in the neighborhood of $7.5 billion to $10 billion just for addtional storage. Maintaining the status quo, he said, would result in “a significant loss of irrigated acres” in the basin.
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