Wednesday, January 26, 2011
John Fleck at the Journal has been doing some good work on the water situation along the Rio Grande. Now that the municipally owned water from the San Juan Diversion Project is actually being sucked out of the river we will see some changes. The cities certainly have the right to that water and the farmers at the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy district are now off their diet of charity water from the cities. They will complain and conveniently forget that the city slickers pay over 85% of the cost of the district even though they don't use district water and services. A day of reckoning is coming for the district if they don't get new leadership and step into reality. I had hoped for a long time that the new board members elected two years ago would bring change. They have not. My worry is that the farmers will really be left out in the cold because they couldn't agree on some sensible tax and water policies now.