Elena - Conejos County

Elena - Conejos County

“You can’t talk about life in a desert without thinking about water. We can pretend it’s not real all that we want, but global warming [is happening]. … I think there’s going to be more pressures on farms to sell their water and dry up, and that’s a scary thought.
— Elena, Conejos County

Elena grew up on a farm in the San Luis Valley (SLV), and has worked hard to ensure her family farm remains economically viable by growing organic crops, adding Hemp plots, and thinking holistically about agricultural futures in the SLV. But with historic drought conditions in the area, and increasing pressure from the Front Range for more water rights, she says the future of agriculture in the Valley is at risk. “How do we, as a state, think about how we make agriculture work?” she asked, adding: “The how isn’t so clear.”

As Attorney General, I will work with farmers and local communities to develop smarter strategies for managing water to avoid Buy & Dry situations like the one we saw in Crowley County. The San Luis Valley depends on an innovative, collaborative approach to agriculture, and I am committed to teaming up with farmers to ensure a viable future.