Ailing aquifers

Brett Walton, a writer with Circle of Blue, was a Fellow on our most recent Energy Country Institute, which took place in New Mexico and Colorado in mid-November.  This great piece, about food, water, fallow farms, and the outlook for the future of Colorado's San Luis Valley, took shape while Brett was on-Institute. Food vs. Water: High Commodity Prices Complicate Aquifer Protection in Colorado's San Luis Valley Decades of groundwater pumping have left one of the San Luis Valley aquifers in a perilous state. To restore its health — and the foundation of the local economy — valley leaders are developing a plan to pay farmers to fallow up to 16,000 hectares. But with commodity prices soaring, will anyone go for it, or will the state have to step in?...Read More