2010 Colorado elections: The candidates for Attorney General were glad-handing in northern Colorado last week

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From The Fort Morgan Times (Dan Barker):

[Attorney General John Suthers] said his office has done a good job of dealing with settling issues surrounding the Republican River Compact, although is was painful to have to shut off some wells to comply with the agreement. Unfortunately, Kansas decided to sue Nebraska over the issues, which may mean the compact will go to the U.S. Supreme Court, as such interstate conflicts do, and that may mean starting over, he said. His office filed a response to the lawsuit Wednesday, saying Colorado believes the disagreements can be settled within arbitration, Suthers said.

Suthers also said he was sympathetic to the plight of South Platte River basin farmers who lost their rights to use wells. A pipeline to bring water to the Front Range may help with water issues, but there is little chance that the farmers will be able to use the wells again, he said.

[Boulder County district attorney Stan Garnett] said his mother was born in 1930 and lived on a 200-acre farm on Beaver Creek in Morgan County. Her family used water from the creek and wells to support the farm, but the aquifer is so depleted that people cannot do that anymore. Water issues affect life on the land, and if elected, he would fight for Colorado rights in water compacts and fight to prevent pollution of aquifers and other waters so that people can maintain their farming way of life, Garnett said…

Garnett also said he also hears a lot about the need to protect water, environmental concerns and public safety issues, which he would make priorities.

More 2010 Colorado elections coverage here.

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