Dialogue Heats Up Against Western Water Speculation
As Reddit chat boards make the news this week going after some of the biggest hedge funds, our message against a Wall Street plan to move into Colorado water is gaining traction. In our last message to you, we shared the op-ed we wrote with Trout Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy: Lasting Colorado River solutions come from Main Street, not Wall Street. Several of our members and the Family Farm Alliance were mentioned in this piece released today by The Colorado Sun on the growing unity being forged against this flawed idea. Give it a read!
Here’s a clip:
“Details on the controversial ‘demand management’ element of the drought contingency plan are still being hammered out. But the prospect of water speculation has led to calls for all types of safeguards of public water in a demand-management market…”
“Demand management is about conserving water and ‘creating water security, which is a public good,’ said [Taylor] Hawes [of The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Plan], who earlier this month published a letter in Western Slope Colorado newspapers along with the the national Family Farm Alliance and Trout Unlimited urging partnerships among often-contentious Colorado River users ‘to find durable solutions that make economic sense for water users and rural communities, as well as cities.'”
We will continue to share updates on this emerging issue.
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