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Matter of Colorado are urging the feds the speed up water storage projects.
Following the drought that's right up more than half the country.
The idea of more storage is to increase the supply the critical resource but.
Opposition from environmental groups one factor delaying many of those projects.
Colorado of course is one of several US states suffering from the worst drought to hit the nation and about fifty years.
Lisa Acuna live in the -- tonight in Denver police -- good evening.
-- good evening -- and specifically the governor here has asking the president in the Army Corps of Engineers to get these water storage projects going now -- One that's been in the pipeline for decades.
Well it's been proposed is some form -- another twenty years ago we've been in the environmental permitting process the formal peace of this.
For the last.
It would be a major new reservoir in this valley in northern Colorado serving seven of the ten fastest growing cities in the state.
But it has been decades since this state has really built the infrastructure.
That is needed for the future this year's.
Record drought is focused attention on the most precious resource in the western US.
Water is the lifeblood of the -- of the west the southwest and Colorado.
-- populations booming in the permitting process for proposed water projects proceeding at a crawl.
Governor Hickenlooper wrote in a letter to President Obama and the core quote.
Colorado is at a critical juncture.
In forging a more secure future for the development and management of water supply is critical to both our economy and the natural environments for the -- as -- were projects.
Are trying to take the last legally allowed dropped water out of the rivers we're saying no stop now.
Now walk -- says what western states need to do is think about conservation recycling in growth management but.
Supporters of new -- say while that sounds nice it's really not realistic.
When you think about the amount of growth in this part of the country is expected to go through and is going through now they'll -- back to this letter has the governor back from the president regarding that letter at least.
We reached out to governor -- delivers office today about that specific letter and we were told that they might not get back to us for awhile because of the debate going on today but I can't tell you -- recently had a drought conference the governor -- did bring up.
The fact that we could be looking at.
810 to twenty million people in the future in this state alone and ultimately we could be looking at a capacity problem.
In what the water storage here can handle.
Male police security on that story live tonight in Denver a busy town that is Denver Colorado yes.
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