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A Colorado City Has Been Battling for Decades to Use Its Own Water - The New York Times

In 1985, Thornton's city manager knew they were going to grow past their water resourses, so Thornton went shopping. The City Council bought about 17,000 acres of farmland 60 miles to the north, near Fort Collins, along with the associated water rights. Now Thornton needs that water which would come mostly from the Cache la Poudre River.

“It’s a classic economic problem,” said Jeni Arndt, the mayor of Fort Collins. “How do you distribute a scarce and shrinking resource when there’s growing demand?”

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Jeni Arndt working at her desk

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