How will we benefit from Question 7A?
Managing water is complex, and 2020 is on track to be one of the hottest years on record. In response to these challenges including increasing demand for water by people and nature, the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District developed a 5-point Action Plan to ensure our water quality and quantity are protected. The plan will:
- Protect water quality and drinking water sources: 7A will provide funds to reduce the risk from drought, fires, and floods that can harm water quality and help ensure clean drinking water.
- Safeguard and conserve drinking water: 7A will help improve the efficiency of our water supplies and put water-smart conservation programs into action.
- Maintain healthy rivers and creeks: 7A will help restore and sustain healthy creeks and wetlands.
- Plan ahead for dry years: 7A will ensure funding to reduce the impacts of a greater demand and a changing climate by optimizing water management for communities, wildlife and everyone who plays on or enjoys or rivers and creeks – even during a dry year.
- Grow food local: 7A will help ensure adequate water for local farms, help those farmers become more water efficient to save them water and money, and prevent metro area purchases of agricultural water.
Where will Question 7A appear on the ballot?
Question 7A will appear on the ballot in the 3 counties that make up the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District – parts of Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties.
It will be the last question on every county’s ballot.
Why does the Conservancy District need additional funding?
Nothing is more important than having clean reliable water to drink. The population the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District serves is growing every day. The District needs to be able to plan ahead to protect and conserve our sources of water, promote water conservation, and ensure water quality for our area. The District’s 5-Point Action Plan does this. Additional financial resources are needed to support the implementation of the Plan and ensure the District can protect healthy rivers and water supplies for the local communities for generations to come.
How much money will the measure raise and what is the impact on me?
The St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District is funded through property taxes. In its fifty years of operations, the District has never once asked voters for additional funds. Voting Yes on 7A will ensure the District can continue supporting local agriculture, healthy rivers, and a secure water future. Cost to homeowners will be approximately $9.00 per $100,00 of assessed value. Costs to businesses is $36.24 per $100,000 of assessed value and will automatically end or sunset after 10 years.
How do I know the District will use the funds correctly?
A volunteer, appointed board of local residents will oversee spending and on an annual basis, the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District will publish an independent audit identifying the uses of District funds. Also, the measure will expire in 2030 (10 years) and in order to continue, will require future voter approval.
Why do we need you to vote YES on 7A?
The St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District is a leading voice for water policy for our area, but it has not sought additional taxpayer funds in 50 years despite a growing demand on our water. This is an opportunity to help the District secure a stable water supply of clean water for generations to come.
The District has a 5-Point Water Action Plan that can be put into place with the proper resources that will safeguard and conserve our drinking water and maintain healthy rivers and creeks that run through our communities.
Nothing is more important than having clean water to drink. By protecting the amount of water flowing in our rivers and creeks, and improving the health of our forests that are critical to our drinking water sources, we can ensure the quality of water flowing into our water supplies.
What can I do to help support St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District and protect our local water supplies?
In order to ensure the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District can continue supporting clean drinking water, healthy rivers and a secure water future, Vote YES on 7A, and encourage your friends and family to Vote YES on 7A: For Clean Water, Healthy Rivers.