When people learn that 91% of Colorado’s water is used for agricultural purposes, farmers are the first to blame for its overuse. But there’s a lot more baked into this figure than many realize. There are compromises that farmers are making, trying to ensure they are in the black financially while adapting to drought and a changing climate, in order to ensure we all eat. So as Colorado approaches 6 million people with most of us living in the Front Range are people aware of the sacrifices needed to keep up with the growing demand for water?
This is episode three of Water, Under Pressure, a podcast about the increasing demands on water in Colorado. And how the choices we make now could tear us apart or help us to navigate our uncertain future.
Learn more about the podcast and people featured at waterunderpressure.org.
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Reporting, writing, hosting: Kristan Uhlenbrock
Reporting, writing, production: Cat Jaffee
Production: Ann Marie Awad
Additional reporting and fact-checking: Nicole Delaney and Kate Long
Theme music: Alex Paul, Birds of Play
Episode composition: Jesse Boynton with tracks from Epidemic Sounds
Sound design: Seth Samuel
Marketing: Tricia Waddell
A special thanks to Trent Knoss and George Sparks