Water in the West: Conservation measures take center stage

19th August, 2014 by

By Lauren Glendenning

Editor’s note: This is the second part in a four-part series about water in the West. Gary Bumgarner doesn’t like to hear statistics that say irrigated agriculture makes up 85 percent of Colorado’s consumptive water use. It’s misleading, he says, and as a fourth generation Grand County rancher with senior and junior water rights, he knows a thing or two about water. Agriculture uses the same water over and over, he says, referring to return flows and downstream water uses. Transmountain diversions use water up and never return it. It’s known as consumptive use in the water world, meaning the …

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