WATER LINES: What’s the future of irrigated agriculture in Colorado?

Outlet: Grand Junction Free Press

March 1, 2013

The default way for Colorado cities to increase their water supplies is to “buy and dry,” buying agricultural water rights and permanently transferring them to urban use. According to Jacob Bornstein, a program manager for the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), continuing along this path could lead to the drying up of up to 40% of irrigated agriculture in the South Platte River Basin by 2050, an outcome state leaders are eager to avoid.