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Snow plow working in the San Juans
Snow plow working in the San Juans

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“Ultimately, there is no conflict between what is good for the Earth and what is good for people” — Water Culture Institute

Photo via the City of Santa Fe
Photo via the City of Santa Fe

Click here to go to the website. From the Home page:

The Water-Culture Institute promotes the sustainable management of our rivers, lakes, springs, and groundwater through (1) applying indigenous wisdom and cultural traditions that respect the rights of nature, (2) studying ethics and value systems related to water management, and (3) encouraging broad-based stakeholder involvement in water decisions. Our premise is that the sustainability of water ecosystems requires an ethic that recognizes our sacred responsibility to the Earth. As we face the spectre of climate change, we are reminded that our collective behavior has very real impacts on the health of the planet. Our water ecosystems face ever inceasing stress even as their ecological resilience becomes all the more important for sustaining us through the instability of climatic swings. Now more than ever we need to heed the teachings of Indigenous wisdom, and Western spiritual and ethical philosophies, and put Nature’s needs ahead of our own short term wants. Ultimately, there is no conflict between what is good for the Earth and what is good for people.

Thanks to WaterWired (David Groenfeldt) for the link.

Colorado Springs: Will the Venetucci Farm be high and dry this season? #COdrought

Colorado Springs circa 1910 via
Colorado Springs circa 1910 via

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Matt Steiner):

The farm, on U.S. 85 south of Colorado Springs, had to rely on an area business family in 2013 to provide discounted water to remain operational. The crisis came after the Colorado Water Protective and Development Association announced in February that its members, including Venetucci and several area ranches, would not receive augmentation water for the year…

“The permanent water solution is just incredibly expensive,” said Mike Hannigan, executive director of the foundation. “That’s just not going to happen right now. It’s just too big a nut to crack.”

Hannigan said the foundation will need at least $2 million to buy back water rights that farm founders Nick and Bambi Venetucci sold off over the years. Eric Cefus, the foundation’s director of philanthropy, said in May that the bulk of those rights were sold to communities such as Fountain and Security-Widefield.

Hannigan and his organization are aiming to complete the buyback in about five years. Until then, they will rely on short-term leases from people and organizations such as the Venezias, who own Vintage Communities.

The Venezias have been contacted and told Hannigan that they are willing to talk about helping again in 2014, but a formal agreement has not been reached.

Hannigan said the CWPDA could offer some augmentation water for the 2014 pumping season but won’t make that decision until at least February.