The future of Colorado's water needs is up for discussion across the state, and Pueblo residents had a chance to weigh in on the conversation Tuesday evening.
They were discussing their concerns about the Arkansas River Basin.
Residents talked about flooding conditions around Fountain Creek and ways to store water during the hot and dry months. This includes ways to improve forest health and conditions after a wildfire. They also talked about they can improve the quality of delivering water to small towns.
"If we're going to remain a vital community and economic secure, we are going to have to look how water impacts our water, our food," the chair of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable, Betty Konarski, said.
Their input, as well as the input from similar meetings across the state, will help craft a state water plan that Governor Hickenlooper requested to improve water conditions. The governor issued an executive order last year to develop a statewide water plan. Each water basin in the state is in charge of creating a Basin Implementation Plan (BIP).
The Arkansas River Basin plan is due at the capitol by the end of the month. If you would like to weigh in, you can take the group's survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XNHV6P7
If you would like to learn more, visit: http://www.arkansasbasin.com/