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It's time for Colorado to stop wasting water

Colorado's conservationists plan to deliver a message to the legislature about the state's antiquated "Use It Or Lose It" principle of water use: Lose it.

Updated: January 29, 2002, 6:45 PM ET
By Ed Dentry | Scripps Howard News Service

Colorado's cold-water conservationists plan to deliver a message to the legislature about the state's antiquated "Use It Or Lose It" principle of water use: It's wasteful. Lose it.

The 19th century legal doctrine is polluting and drying up mountain streams, killing fish and wildlife and damaging economies dependent on the state's $1.3 billion fishing industry and $122 million commercial rafting industry.

State law denies streams water because it considers flowing water not a "beneficial ...

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