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High desert turf wars

Southwest water experts back legislation that targets lawns to save farms
Steve Harris, a Durango water engineer, thinks it’s time Colorado places limits on the size of new lawns.
Sodbuster bill

What it does: Limits lawns on new homes to 15 percent of the lot, if the builders buy agricultural water rights.
Where it applies: Colorado Springs and Aurora are two of the larger cities to which it would apply.
Who’s for it: Western Slope water conservation districts. Sponsors include Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango; Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose; Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland; and Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton.
Who’s against it: The Colorado Association of Home Builders. Local governments oppose the bill’s mandates.
Next up: A hearing in the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee has not yet been scheduled.

High desert turf wars

Steve Harris, a Durango water engineer, thinks it’s time Colorado places limits on the size of new lawns.
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