The 1920s silent movie star Tom Mix claimed that”whisky’s for drinking, and water’s for fighting.” This could not be more on point to what is happening today.Right now, tensions continue to mount, because population growth, combined with more frequent and severe droughts and less snowpack, have steadily decreased the river’s flow. As a result,some area or areas will have to be excluded from irrigation. This has led to bitter legal battles to determine which water user or users that will be.
Were it not for the 1922 Compact, Colorado would be in great shape. Colorado snowmelt provides the majority of the water in the state’s valuable river.It seems as if Colorado should be able to dam up the river, collect the water and use as much as they want.The Compact of 1922, however, requires Colorado to allow most of the water to flow downstream to California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico-the latter country alone entitled to 1.5 million acre-feet of Colorado River water annually.
John McKowen, CEO of Two Rivers Water & Farming, says, “We have the advantage of legalization in Colorado, and want to utilize it in the best way possible. We are excited to be a part of this rapidly growing industry, and look forward to sharing our farming expertise and water knowledge for sustainable and cost effective farming solutions for the arid western United States.”