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Colorado State Senate District 8 Race - Candidate Responses

KARL HANLON, DEMOCRAT
State Senate - District 8 Candidate

1. Colorado State Water Plan and Basin Implementation Plans have increased awareness and questions about Colorado’s long-range water supply. What proactive approaches are you considering to ensure the future of clean, safe water supply in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/or your area of influence?

I am proud to be part of the Colorado Basin Roundtable and as we begin updating both the State Water Plan and the BIP we need to focus on the projects that have the greatest benefit to our communities, rivers and watersheds.   Working to fund and implement legislation to support these grass root efforts is critical as we face wildfire, drought and more unpredictable weather.   Small storage projects for communities, agricultural efficiency and stream restoration efforts all need to be part of the mix so that everyone on the West Slope has the opportunity to thrive.

 

2. Water, recreation and agriculture have shown to be integral parts of the economy and values of Coloradans. How will you address the sustainability of these three integral elements of western Colorado’s character in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/ or your area of influence?

I have worked my whole life balancing these needs from being a rancher, park ranger and for the last 25 years a water attorney working to protect West Slope water.  Working on legislation to address resiliency within our watersheds both large and small, helping agricultural utilize diminishing resources more effectively and assisting communities address long range water supply needs are all priorities.

 

 

BOB RANKIN, REPUBLICAN
State Senate - District 8 Candidate

1. Colorado State Water Plan and Basin Implementation Plans have increased awareness and questions about Colorado’s long-range water supply. What proactive approaches are you considering to ensure the future of clean, safe water supply in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/or your area of influence? 

I've had and will continue  to have an important role as the state senator representing the eighth senate district.  As the longest serving member of the Joint Budget Committee I will continue to be the primary advocate in the senate for funding in support of water projects.  With the decline of severance taxes, I've sponsored the first use of general fund appropriations to keep round table grants alive.  I'll work with the large water community to plan a long term solution to major water project funding.  


2. Water, recreation and agriculture have shown to be integral parts of the economy and values of Coloradans. How will you address the sustainability of these three integral elements of western Colorado’s character in the Roaring Fork Watershed and/ or your area of influence?
 

 I represent much of the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Fryingpan, Crystal, White and Yampa rivers, along with other tributaries and irrigation systems, I have a duty to monitor every bill that relates to western water, and the environment and to insure that the three priorities are in balance.  The unique needs and positions of different constituencies and the demands of front range communities along with the future issues of demand management demand non partisan solutions.  I'll work to support our western slope needs and values but consider the needs of all stakeholders.

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