Water is the most precious resource that we have on the West Slope of Colorado. Because it is so precious, there are those that would like to take it from us, namely, the Federal Government, downhill states like Arizona, California, Nevada and the Front Range of Colorado. We must be on guard continually to protect our water rights on the West Slope. We must also support water storage projects on the Front Range that will help satisfy that demand for water. If we can satisfy their need for water, the Front Range will have no desire for West Slope water. There are and will be uses on the West Slope for unapropriated water in the Colorado River drainage. We must uphold the current interstate compact with downhill states. The environmental red tape and costs to build a water storage project is ridiculous. We must look at the regulations and eliminate those that are not needed. As your State legislator, I will work tirelessly to protect our water.