Despite the huge importance of water issues in Colorado — headwaters of four or five major rivers (depending how you count) and home of more water lawyers than anyplace — news outlets often don't cover water issues well.
On my first reporting job, at the now-vanished Colorado Springs Sun, it seemed like my colleagues found water issues to be arcane and scary. "Water is hard," to paraphrase Teen Talk Barbie.
On my second reporting job, I sat out to educate myself — with not a little help from the late Charles "Tommy" Thompson, long-time general manager of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District — or as I liked to think of it, the secret government.
The concepts of Colorado water law are fairly simple, but their permutations are endless, and the system operates like warring tribes — if you don't fight, you lose.
But add cannabis culture, and suddenly water issues are not just vital, they are sexy!
"Water District Votes Dry on Pot" (mostly paywalled)
"[Pueblo West] water available for pot growers; St. Charles Mesa keeping moratorium"
"Pot Shop Battles for Water Supply"
But this is all the legal stuff. Drought-stricken California sees legal, semi-legal, and outlaw grows using up water and polluting streams:
"Pot Farm Pollution: Too Dangerous to Deal With?"
"Study Finds Medical Pot Farms Draining Streams Dry"