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Hello those interested in preserving local agriculture in Colorado: I'm attempting to understand the series of half-page ads in the Indy (without attribution) seeming to describe a water trade issue ("A bridge too far?" News, Oct. 24) with which the group placing the ads is in disagreement ("Ebb and flow," News, July 25).

As a strong supporter of local agriculture who also is aware of the critical nature of water issues in our semi-arid state, I have multiple concerns about this issue. Not the least is why my utilities company needs, after SDS, to continue to tap water resources, especially in counties which cannot afford to have the bank of water attorneys which clearly we have in the Springs. Further, having heard Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time, talk about the Dust Bowl Depression years, I learned that Bent County was devastated during these years.

While I know that those concerned about climate change and loss of biodiversity are considering following the example of other countries which have granted rights to rivers due to the importance of the ecosystem services they provide, I haven't heard of any such efforts in Colorado. However, if we are concerned about the overall health of our communities, about healing the rural/urban divide, about preserving the character of our state, it seems time to consider the potential harm of these water transfers and seek stronger regulations to avoid devastating communities, especially in the face of global warming.

I'm hoping at least one of those addressed above will delve deeper into this issue.

— Judith Rice-Jones

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