Region growth pangs, water woes get national attention

U.S. News & World Report led off a piece on population growth in the West with an account of Greeley’s population quadrupling over the lifetime of some residents, and the water challenges that come with it.

The magazine cited U.S. Census figures showing the city and Weld County “grew by more than 30% from 2010 to 2020 … making it one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.”

It said a “mix of jobs in energy, health care and agriculture,” and at the JBS USA meat-packing plant were draws.

Utah and Wyoming also got some play in the piece, until it returned to Northern Colorado to mention the 72-mile pipeline planned by the city of Thornton to draw water from land it owns here.

Greeley last week placed measures on its November ballot that could give its citizens more direct say over water issues. It has recently begun to add metro districts to its development mix. Tuesday night its City Council voted to approve the latest, Poudre Heights.

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