Pardon my French here, but fuch those Front Rangers and their excessive water needs. Maybe the Front Range should go the way of the dry states in the west and offer incentives for replacing turf grass with xeric plants or a waterless landscape. Kinda feeling this way about Steamboat at the moment too; not sure how many golf courses we really need, especially the new one that was just approved for the cluster of 6 private homes.
I don't think the solution to our water gap lies in more storage; I think it lies in better, wiser practices, uses and ultimately less consumption.
I almost feel like this could be somewhat compared to the dust bowl. Farmers weren't using sustainable practices and everyone suffered through the drought. The government came in and offered relief in the form of incentive programs for better practices. They educated farmers on soil conservation and anti-erosion, and paid the farmers $1 per acre to use the new methods. This was in the 30s. We’ve come a long way since then, but it seems in some areas we’ve taken a few steps back.
People should be plant native, xeric plants and practice sustainable gardening, watering when needed/dry rather than every fucking day. It frustrates me to no end to see people watering their Kentucky Bluegrass lawns in the middle of the day, and/or every day, and/or in the wind. People just need a little bit of education and maybe an incentive to put the knowledge to use. If planted and watered properly, a garden will use less water than the same size plot of grass, and it will yield food, rather than just something that's generic and pretty to look at.
I noticed that Denver Water enforces “mandatory” watering restrictions, and that “repeat offenders may be fined.” I say, fine the offenders and use the money to offer incentives to others that are willing to remodel their landscape to something that’s more water wise. Results both ways: the people that are fined hopefully won’t violate the water restrictions, and the people that convert to water wise landscapes save water. WIN, WIN!!!!!
It's a good day to be a duck....