Where Should The Water Go In The Farming And Urban Divide?

September 3, 2021
Irrigation outside of Antonito in the San Luis Valley. Aug. 25, 2021.Irrigation outside of Antonito in the San Luis Valley. Aug. 25, 2021.Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Irrigation outside of Antonito in the San Luis Valley. Aug. 25, 2021.

"Whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting" goes the old saying in the West.  Well there’s a new fight in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.  An investment company wants to pump water out of the underground aquifer and pipe it to fast-growing Denver suburbs 200 miles away. State Senator Cleave Simpson represents the San Luis Valley. He’s also a farmer and serves as general manager of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.