TU in Action: Rediscovered cutthroat in Colorado; One-fly in Wyoming; hiking through California, and more

A hiking trail that would run along an old railroad from San Francisco to Humboldt County deep in the redwood forest is gettting closer to becoming a reality. Photo courtesy of MSN.

How important is water to Colorado?

It’s the state’s lifeblood—it’s vital to agriculture and industry, and it is, quite literally, at the heart of Colorado’s $28 billion annual recreation economy.

Sadly, the state is in the throes of yet another drought. This is the new normal. How to address this challenge is a top-of-mind issue in Colorado these days. That’s why TU’s Drew Peternell, Fishpond’s Johnny Le Coq and the Nature Conservancy’s Carlos Fernandez penned this letter to the state’s two gubernatorial candidates.

The future of Colorado’s vibrant and diverse economy is tied directly to how the state meets its water challenges, today and well into the future. The three authors of the letter offer some sage counsel to both Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton: stop and look around at Colorado, and you’ll see just how vital water is to nearly every aspect of life in the Centennial State.

And, frankly, that’s true for much of the arid West, where droughts are more common than not, and where water is increasingly short supply. How the West grows and how its collective economy evolves over the next few decades will depend greatly on how politicians and bureaucrats handle its water challenges.

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— Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt.