Rangeland, pastureland, and forests make up a large portion of Routt County’s agricultural land. RCCD helps to ensure that these lands remain healthy as they are vital to conservation and preserving our heritage in Routt County.
RCCD continues to been active in water issues and fills a distinct niche due to its ability to work with land owners and ag producers as well as being part of a statewide network of conservation districts.
Soil health has historically been a pillar of Conservation Districts nation-wide, including the Routt County CD. RCCD initiatives help gardeners, farmers and ranchers build drought resiliency, improve water quality, sequester carbon, and reduce soil erosion through cost effective and sensible soil management practices.
RCCD provides technical services and programs that support land owners and Ag producers in developing good soil health and water practices.
The biggest cautionary message from Western Slope farmers and ranchers: taking water from the West Slope could devastate the region’s farms and ranches and, as a result, the entire state economy.
This would not be a viable answer to the state’s water challenges.
The reality is that Colorado’s population is increasing and as drought conditions mean less water, there is a looming shortage that must be addressed with smarter solutions to ensure a sustainable future for Colorado.
Whether for domestic or agricultural purposes, we can all use water better.
A recent poll found that most of us are willing to reduce our use and find other ways to protect our water supply.
Get involved – we want to hear what you have to say!