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DENVER -- A new groundwater recharge directive by Colorado
Romer is "like a Two Forks Dam without using the valley." Referring to
Denver's ill-fated Two Forks Dam proposal a few years back, Romer said in a
conference call with reporters that recharging surplus water from the South
Platte River to meet ever-growing Front Range water demands "just makes a lot
"A lot of our water came down the Platte (this year) and went to
said the Colorado governor. Romer said he has met with representatives of
CH2M Hill and other engineering consultants to discuss the availability of
technology to recharge aquifers that could be sucked dry within a hundred
years. "We've got to find a way to recharge those aquifers or find
alternative ways of storing water," he said. "I will push very hard on this
... We need to get at it."
The governor's new plant to store South Platte water underground
just "another costly diversion to avoid critical statewide water decisions,"
said an outspoken proponent of high-mountain water storage in Colorado.
"Instead of wasting energy to pump limited waters into and out of the
ground," said Dave Miller of Palmer Lake, Colo., "Colorado should be saving
its unused West Slope snowmelt in high altitude reservoirs for low-cost
gravity delivery to both slopes during the damaging drought cycles."
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