The 2017 Water Economy Tour of the Grand Valley

A Tour of the Grand Valley's Current Water Status and Ideas Towards Improving

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - From grapes, cherries, to peaches, they all rely upon one invaluable resource, that, of course, being clean water.

But, it's not only local farmers that rely upon clean water, it affects the whole community, including others interested in moving to the Grand Valley.

Craig Mackey, Policy Director of the Business for Water Stewardship, "The goal of this tour today was to get business people from the Grand Valley out looking at water, water systems and how Colorado water applies to the broad economy here in the Grand Valley.

We're visiting orchards, wineries, water management facilities.

"The tour started at Edgewater Brewery this Saturday morning where it then made its way all across the Grand Valley hitting up locations such as Talbott's Ciders, and even Colterris Winery, which are locations that require clean, renewable water.

They took a pit-stop at the Colterris Winery to talk with professionals that are dealing with this water dichotomy.

"We're a little bit in a dichotomy in the water here in Colorado at the moment. Denver Water put out a press release a month ago for the first time in 16 years saying Colorado's reservoirs are full," says Craig Mackey.

While more water is a good thing, it doesn't mean that everyone is reaping the benefits.

We have quite a bit of water in Colorado now, but that's not true about the Colorado River Basin, which means the community needs to come together to figure out a solution.

"The way water is being used currently is not sustainable, and if Mother Nature doesn't pull us out of this drought, we've gotta keep finding ways to use water better, and in a smarter way, so we can secure our future," says Craig Mackey.


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