Originally Posted by DanOrion
In 2009, New Belgium produced 582,000 barrels of beer source
1 barrel = 31 gallons. 1 acre-foot = 325851 gallons. 1 cfs for one day = 1.98 acre feet. So that was 55 acre-feet of beer (God bless). Still with me? That's 28 cfs for one day.
New Belgium is not the reason for NISP. NISP is to support population growth and firm water supplies for agriculture. Without NISP, more farmland will be dried up to support population growth. With NISP less farmland will be dried up.
Where do you live? Front range? You are the reason for NISP.
(yeah, yeah conservation, gravel lawns etc...there are alternatives)
Actually, I read that it takes approx 1,500 gallons of water to make 1 barrel of beer so:
1,500*582,000=873,000,000 gallons of water = 2,679 acre feet which = 1,353 cfs for 1 day + your original 28 cfs of beer so if I did that right its 1381 cfs for 1 day.
Id bet New Belgium's process is quite a bit more efficient than the average brewery though, if you have ever taken a tour of their facilities you know that it is a high tech/high efficiency operation.
If you need another reason to sign the petition this project will cost at a minimum $600,000,000 (600 million), although some estimates are quite a bit higher. It involves re-routing miles of US HWY 287 NW of Fort Collins.