In Colo. Agriculture, efficient water use doesn’t always pay

Outlet: Aspen Daily News

July 1, 2013

Sure, Colorado is in a historic drought, and sure, agriculture uses roughly 85 percent of the state’s water. It seems obvious, then, that making agriculture more efficient is a surefire way to preserve Colorado’s dwindling water supply. And yet, state water law often encourages farmers and ranchers to use as much water as they legally can, just to keep their water rights intact.