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Water Matters, Just Ask a Thirsty Person

Anne Boswell, Colorado News Your Way

(Rocky Ford, CO) -- You don't have to travel far in Southeast Colorado to hear someone talking about water.

(Greg Walcher, photo by Anne Boswell)

Thursday night at the Grand Theater in Rocky Ford, Author, Advisor and Expert in Water Services, Greg Walcher told a crowd that Colorado is going to have to get serious about continuing the conversation.

"Protecting Colorado water requires eternal vigilance and it has to start all over again with every single generation of Coloradoans because there are too many people who don't understand the value of it, the importance of it and the threat to it."

Walcher continued that it's been his experience that complacency sets in because every generation thinks there's nothing new in the fight for water. He said that's simply not the case, there is always something new and the state will need to stay up on new threats continually.

Walcher showed an example of the disconnect with water with the younger generation by explaining he often goes to schools to talk about water. He said the younger kids were always quick to answer they knew where water came from because they had learned about the cycle of water with evaporation, clouds and rain. Walcher then went on to ask about how the water makes it into the facet, he said there were fewer confident hands shooting up to answer but one student stated he knew there were pipes underground. However, when the next question was posed, how does the water enter the pipes underground, Walcher said there was nearly a 100 percent disconnect on knowledge of how the water is transported.

"Literally, not one student could tell me anything about dams, reservoirs, canals and pipelines and pumping stations and treatment plants and all of the infrastructure it takes to get water out of the Arkansas River into the facet into your house."

He said if the kids don't understand this, and there's a debate on whether or not to build a dam and if it could hurt fish, they will have a very different issue if they don't understand what the dam is for. Eternal vigilance is necessary, he went on to say.

Walcher pleaded with the audience to get involved and continue to educate the younger generation.

Foreign purchases of American farmland is also a threat, according to Walcher.

"They should be worried about it, China owns 200,000 acres of American farmland, and just in the last year, spent six billion dollars buying more land and houses, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of houses and housing units, all over America."