By State Sen. Dylan Roberts

Hey, Congress: Colorado is doing its part, now we need you to do yours.

As someone who was raised on the Western Slope, I have always felt a deep connection to water. Whether it is snow on the slopes, rapids in the river or irrigation on our fields, water is the common thread that weaves together the future of our communities across geographic, political and socio-economic divides.

Now, as the state senator who represents the headwaters of the Colorado River, addressing my constituents means prioritizing our state’s water interests, which is becoming increasingly important. Rising temperatures and earlier snowmelt are resulting in lower river flows, while a steadily growing population means more demands on a stressed supply. We must continue to take decisive action to secure lasting solutions for the future of Colorado’s water security.