The Wall Street Journal reports on new developments of water struggles in the West, as burgeoning urban areas need more and more water. The story reveals that farmers in Colorado are giving up their water rights to the municipalities of Denver and other large cities in the state. The articles looks at how the City of Aurora has taken over the Rocky Ford Ditch, and how ditch shareholders have been forced to sell their water rights and shares to the city. "As more and more Rocky Ford water goes to the city, some fear that the local economy will collapse like a rank melon," the Journal reports.
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