Million's dream: An answer to the cal...

Million's dream: An answer to the call for more water

There are 48 comments on the KUSA Denver story from Jul 23, 2007, titled Million's dream: An answer to the call for more water. In it, KUSA Denver reports that:

" He has a name worthy of the project he is proposing. Aaron P. Million has a $3 billion plan he says will help to wash away Colorado's concern over water supply.

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Yeppir

Denver, CO

#43 Jul 24, 2007
I'm from CA originally (left because my family and I got tired of their BS and it'd take too long to make a list, let me tell ya!) and I can vouch for this. CA USED to have water restrictions/rations during the 80s but then they stopped.

But I agree, we need to stop giving them OUR water. Especially since modern technology could give them all they could ever need these days straight from the Pacific (come on GE, you showed those commercials of fishing boats hauling up bottled water, show your stuff...). If they did that then it'd be us who could borrow from them.

I also agree with the comment about us needing to conserve more. My husband and I get sooo ticked when we see an errant city-owned sprinkler soaking a street and nothing's being done about it. They could take all that money they're wasting on that wasted water and build xeriscapes instead that would be just as attractive, and don't need more than a couple days of H2O per week.
Whorled Peas wrote:
If we quit giving our water to California, we would have enough for ourselves. Did you know that the Californians didn't have water restictions using our water when we could only water our lawns for a few minutes a couple days a week?
And we need to conserve. Cities shouldn't put lawn in the narrow medians and water the street every night. A little common sense could save lots of water.
jon

Littleton, CO

#44 Jul 24, 2007
Nina wrote:
Per Jon's comment #23 get a clue (arkansas valley ranchers sold their water rights for millions of dollars to the city of Aurora. Ranchers don't care about the land either.
Many of those ranchers in the Arkansas Valley had to sell out because they were either going to be foreclosed on or lose their homes anyway. Again - as a rancher's daughter - please don't make a blanket assumption like you did. Ranchers care deeply about the land. However, some feel they have no choice but to sell.
Again - please don't make assumptions like you did unless you have actual proof to back your statement up. What ranchers actually made millions selling their water rights?
WOW - I'll give you a hint they don't live in ROCKY FORD anymore!!!!!
Truth

United States

#45 Jul 25, 2007
Billions not Millions wrote:
Snake oil. It's all about money and greed and not water and families. Right here in river city. There is no doubt that billions of private equity money is available to fund a grand project like this. Water is a precious, limited comodity and investors are seeking ways to capitalize or get "in" on ways to gain profit from this limited resource. Better than gold which you can't eat or drink. So Millions can probably get lots of money to fund his initial idea.
Then they sell bonds and transfer this debt to the public and in the process we learn that it will actually cost twice or more than what they say. Construction projects of this size rarely come in under budget or on time.
In the end the only people coming out ahead are the initial idea men who pass the pains, problems, and losses on to you while they leave with huge profits.
What they are not telling their investors is there are insurmountable environmental and institutional constraints that will bog this project.
We can only hope this thing dies a slow death. It reeks of greed, just like that other boondoggle project to build a huge toll road down the middle of the State...the 'Prairie Falcon Parkway' or whatever it's called. These things will be tied up in courts for years before anything happens, anyway.
Brandon and Chrissy Craig

Oak Creek, CO

#46 Jul 25, 2007
jon wrote:
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get a clue (arkansas valley ranchers sold their water rights for millions of dollars to the city of Aurora. Ranchers don't care about the land either.
You think we don't care? Let me ask you something do you like to eat? Without ranches and the crops we grow to feed you and our livestock, you will NOT survive. We care because we need the water so that you my friend can live so if you think we do not care and you want to voice that all over the world get the facts about ranching and get off your lazy city butt and learn what ranchers and farmers do and how much you depend on us even if you do not know it.
Brandon and Christina Craig
Brandon and Chrissy Craig

Oak Creek, CO

#47 Jul 25, 2007
WTF wrote:
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Totally agree. There is nothing in this letter that indicates why there is an issue.
DO YOU LIKE TO EAT? Thats why there is an issue and it is ranchers livelihood and homes at stake as well i would say that is an issue.
Brandon and Chrissy Craig

Oak Creek, CO

#48 Jul 25, 2007
just dismayed wrote:
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I would like to see more information on how this hurts the folks in your area. How does this take away your water? Is it because everyone would be selling their water rights? Is he robbing your water rights? How does taking water from that resivoir affect a ranch in say Kansas? I'm not criticizing you, I'm just saying I would like something besides an emotional response to back up your story. Perhaps your area is like ours and water is already overappropriated.
If you think that is just an emotional response you are wrong that is the truth. Ranchers need this water so that we can grow food and livestock for you (the lazy city folk who have absolutely no idea about what is going on) can eat and live and continue your trouble free open range agricultural
killing ways. You may think you don't need ranchers and agricultural, but you do and when you all finally help in the process of killing it you will see what you have done and the error of you ways.
Brandon and Chrissy Who

Englewood, CO

#49 Jul 26, 2007
Apparently reading comprehension was not your strong point in school. Maybe you should re-read what the guy wrote, a couple of times. He was asking a question and then you come out with the asinine "lazy city folk" comment which further alienates your cause. The guy was asking a question, and you could have provided some useful information. Instead you resorted to name calling and then told the guy who was asking the question that he (lazy city folk) knew "absolutely nothing about what is going on" - well no sh i t - he was asking for information. You pi$$ed away a good opportunity.
Brandon and Chrissy Craig wrote:
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If you think that is just an emotional response you are wrong that is the truth. Ranchers need this water so that we can grow food and livestock for you (the lazy city folk who have absolutely no idea about what is going on) can eat and live and continue your trouble free open range agricultural
killing ways. You may think you don't need ranchers and agricultural, but you do and when you all finally help in the process of killing it you will see what you have done and the error of you ways.
Brandon and Chrissy Craig

Oak Creek, CO

#50 Jul 26, 2007
Brandon and Chrissy Who wrote:
Apparently reading comprehension was not your strong point in school. Maybe you should re-read what the guy wrote, a couple of times. He was asking a question and then you come out with the asinine "lazy city folk" comment which further alienates your cause. The guy was asking a question, and you could have provided some useful information. Instead you resorted to name calling and then told the guy who was asking the question that he (lazy city folk) knew "absolutely nothing about what is going on" - well no sh i t - he was asking for information. You pi$$ed away a good opportunity.
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He received the information he requested in a prior e-mail and for that matter I am a teacher and my major concentration of study happens to be English and reading, also i was wondering if your parents ever taught you that it is rude to involve yourself in conversations you have no part in. Also i am curious if you live in the city and if you know anything about what is going on anyway if you do and have a better way of trying to solve the issue, please enlighten me.

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