From the Public News Service (Kathleen Ryan):
The problem, says Molly Mugglestone, a coordinator for Protect the Flows, is that western growth and drought are putting undue demands on the river’s water. “The supply and the demand scenarios over the next 50 years, they’re not looking good. We’re putting strain on the river, and it’s challenged in terms of being able to provide for what we need in the future.”[…]
“Spending taxpayer dollars on massive projects is not necessarily the right way to go. There’s other things that we need to be doing first before we start spending those types of taxpayer dollars on these massive projects.” She says some of those ideas include using drought-tolerant plants in city landscaping, which can save up to 65 percent of municipal irrigation demands – and using pool covers on outdoor facilities, which can save an average of 16,000 gallons per pool each year.
From KREX (Courtney Griffin):
Many fiscal conservatives and conservationists met Wednesday to figure out how to be more efficient, and how to act on ideas as quick as possible. “We support solutions that again that look at conservation and efficiency. Things like better urban conservation, better agricultural efficiency and water banking, and some of those creative ideas that people are coming up with to try and solve those imbalances,” said Molly Mugglestone, Protect the Flows, project coordinator.
From KKCO (Andie Adams):
“It seems like there’s just such an emphasis on increasing supplies, rather than decreasing demand,” said Kate Graham, a public lands organizer for the Colorado Environmental Coalition…
“They’re doing basin study right now at the Department of Interior, so my group, Protect the Flows, has been really active in trying to influence the basin study with some of those things like urban conservation,” said Protect the Flows project coordinator Molly Mugglestone.
The group is gathering signatures on a bi-partisan letter that outlines solutions to the river’s issues that can be implemented on the municipal or individual level. “Our goal is to get 10,000 signatures, and then the letter will go to the Department of Interior, Secretary Salazar, and the governors in the seven Colorado River states,” said Mugglestone. The main point of the letter is efficiency.
“We need to administer the river very carefully and make sure that it’s not over-appropriated,” said Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca, who spoke at the event.
More Colorado River Basin coverage here and here.