Jan 30, 2011 1:19 PM by AP

Gov. Hickenlooper wants statewide water plan in 5 years

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper says his goal is to have a long-term statewide water plan within five years.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board projects water shortages by 2050 as the state grows. In December, the state's Interbasin Compact Committee issued a draft plan for how to cope with future shortfalls.

On Friday, Hickenlooper told the Colorado Water Congress that the status quo approach to water is threatening agriculture.

Thirsty Denver suburbs have often looked to supplement their supplies of nonrenewable groundwater by buying farmers' water rights.

The Durango Herald reports that Hickenlooper also said he would like to see both farms and cities do better with conservation.

Information from: Durango Herald,

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