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A Paradigm Shift in Water Management among Colorado Farmers and Ranchers

by Jennings, John

Abstract

Authors argue that a paradigm shift is happening where viewing water solely as a commodity or resource and is being replaced by acknowledging its ecological and social connections. This has significant implications for water management, and how Colorado approaches water management is of significant interest as we move forward with the Colorado Water Plan. Through interviews with farmers and ranchers in the Gunnison River Basin of Colorado, this paper explores the theme of interconnectedness and how this affects the goals and best approach to water management. It concludes that despite a number of opinions which reflect the emerging paradigm, application of this paradigm varies greatly between people and topic, and can be more integrated into how we think of water management.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:26358
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
31 pages : map(s)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Marion Hourdequin Wong, Sandi
Department/Program
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2016-05