Issue Position: Protecting Our Region's Water

Issue Position

By:  Gail Schwartz
Location: Unknown

"Not one drop!" is my motto. I strongly oppose any further diversion of water from Western Colorado's rivers and streams to the Front Range. I understand that the Front Range population is growing, but so are we in rural Colorado. We must protect our water for our own agricultural, recreational and environmental needs. The future economic viability of the 5th Senate District absolutely depends on our water quality and quantity.

One of the greatest threats to Western and rural Colorado's water was Referendum A, otherwise known as the "Great Aurora Water Grab." Ref A was a blank check for water projects that would have inevitably required the diversion and storage of massive quantities of water from Western and rural Colorado to the Front Range. Fortunately, the voters of Colorado saw through the hype, and rejected that scheme overwhelmingly. Our senate district strongly and wisely defeated Ref A by a 4 to 1 margin. You can count on the fact that I will never vote to send our water to the Front Range.

Additionally, protecting the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink is fundamental to the job of state government. Every Colorado citizen is entitled to expect that their state legislators will vote to protect these vital life-sustaining values. You have my word on it!