I was raised in the Lower Arkansas Valley, and I know just how important water is to the rural communities that I will represent in the Colorado State House of Representatives. Water is our "lifeblood" for independence and economic prosperity in the Arkansas Valley.
It doesn't take long to see what happens to communities when their most valuable resource goes away. Crowley County is a great example of this. If water remains in the communities that are dependent upon it, then the chances for economic stability increase for those communities. Farmers and ranchers are the second-largest contributor to our state's economy, and we can never forget that.
I recently read an article by Lee Hancock in the Pueblo Chieftain, and I could not have said it better myself. Lee's perspective is one that I wholeheartedly agree with in the article titled: Communities Rely on Farms for Survival.