Western Slope Water – Video Campaign

Using the momentum of the Colorado Water Plan, the Routt County Conservation District set out to discover what water meant to agriculture on Colorado’s West Slope.

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Thanks to everyone who participated!

Check out our new video, Smarter Solutions – our second in a 5-part series. We talk to West Slope farmers and ranchers about how they are using things like flood irrigation and water storage to help conserve and re-use water. Our Colorado Water Plan depends on smart solutions like those!

Lee Spann

Lee Spann

Rancher Lee Spann says that we all have a role to play in conserving water and we agree! Now is your chance to tell state policymakers that we need Smarter Solutions in our state water plan. Watch the video and then send us an email to make sure your voice is heard!

In the first video, Way of Life, we talked with Colorado farm and ranching families about the history of agriculture in Colorado and how it is integral to our entire state. For example, the Rossi family from Yampa said that water is the “lifeblood” of Colorado.

The Rossi Family, Rossi Ranches, Yampa, Colorado.
The Rossi Family, Rossi Ranches, Yampa, Colorado.

In our second video, Smarter Solutions, farmers and ranchers discuss how they have made changes to help conserve water on the West Slope. The Colorado Water Plan will require that we all work together. Through methods like grazing plans and storage, many farming and ranching families are ensuring that existing water is maximized and can be re-used downstream. Lee Spann from Gunnison says that we can all conserve water and that education is key to help people understand the multiple uses of water in the state.

 

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Smarter Solutions from Routt County CD on Vimeo.

 

Lee Spann, ranching patriarch, Gunnison River Valley.
Lee Spann, ranching patriarch, Gunnison River Valley.
Dan Sullivan, Sullivan Ranches, Crawford/Hotchkiss area.
Dan Sullivan, Sullivan Ranches, Crawford/Hotchkiss area.
Phyllis Synder, Sidney & Phyllis Synder Ranch, Cortez, Colorado.
Phyllis Synder, Sidney & Phyllis Synder Ranch, Cortez, Colorado.

Dan James, James Ranch, Durango, Colorado.
Dan James, James Ranch, Durango, Colorado.
Steve Ela, Ela Family Farms, Hotchkiss, Colorado.
Steve Ela, Ela Family Farms, Hotchkiss, Colorado.

The Routt County Conservation District is pleased to share our third video in our series featuring farmers and ranchers talking about water use in Colorado. Our state is developing its first-ever state water plan and we must be sure that our entire economy and way of life is supported in the plan.

Bert and Sandy Guerrieri on their Mill Creek Cattle Ranch in Gunnison, Colorado.
Bert and Sandy Guerrieri on their Mill Creek Cattle Ranch in Gunnison, Colorado.
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Mark LeValley on his cattle and hay operation near Crawford, Colorado.

The third video, called Colorado’s Economy Relies on Water , was released today and builds on the first two videos, Way of Life and Smarter Solutions . Set against beautiful Colorado landscapes, ranchers like Lee Spann talk about our “water-based economy” and the dangers of diverting water across the state. Farmer Steve Ela warns of a “tipping point” where we take so much water from agriculture use that we impact the economy of the entire state.

At Routt County Conservation District, we are sharing these videos and other resources to increase awareness of the Colorado water planning process. We hope that by educating residents about agricultural water use, more will share their thoughts and concerns with the CWCB. We have even included a link on our site so that residents can submit comments directly from our site.


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economy from Routt County CD on Vimeo.