WATER DIVERSIONS: Colorado moves mountains to bring water to Front Range

The Pueblo Chieftain - Chris Woodka

Likewise, the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project is shifting toward more municipal use. In the first 30 years of diversions, beginning in the early 1970s, nearly three-fourths of the water was used on farms. Now, as cities realize more need, more than half is being allocated for municipal use, as required by a water court decree. Twin Lakes, the first large-scale diversion through a tunnel under the Rockies, was built by farmers in the early 1930s to provide ample water for crops in Crowley County. The tunnel and shares in the lakes were sold to municipal interests, and the lakes were enlarged as part of the Fry-Ark Project in the 1970s.  Read the article