Water: Big questions hardest to answer

COLORADO SPRINGS - Should Colorado curtail growth in cities to avoid drying up farms?

Should Colorado set aside water for energy development?

Has growing corn become energy development?

Should cities remove green belts or landscaping at shopping centers to conserve water?

Most importantly, does the state even have any say on issues like these or will the march of progress dictate future water development? Those were the types of questions members of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Interbasin Compact Committee grappled with at a joint meeting last week.

“Let’s not dry up all the rivers,” said Melinda Kassen, director of Trout Unlimited’s Western Water Project. “We have to have some understanding of what it means to take water from the river.”