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Old 01-07-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Personally, I would avoid Douglas County.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:13 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Personally, unless you validate your reasoning, I would completely dismiss your sentence. There is nothing wrong with Douglas County.

175,000 people live here. High quality of life, good public schools, easy transportation and shopping options.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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There is nothing wrong with Douglas County.
1. Water supply issues. Going to get worse.
2. Republicans. Frank McNulty.
3. The DougCo school board and the teachers' union are at war. A nasty war. Education will suffer.
4. 92% white. Lack of diversity.
5. Too close to El Paso County.
6. Highlands Ranch.
7. Park Meadows mall.
8. C-470.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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You forgot high taxes.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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Source of info? Property taxes and sales taxes are lower in DougCo than in many parts of the metro, although I certainly don't claim to be a tax expert. When I worked in Denver, I had to pay a very small, but annoying, city tax just because my employer was located there. Denver nickels and dimes people with the taxes there. You can view sales/use tax rates at the Dept of Revenue site: https://www.colorado.gov/revenueonline/_/#2

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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Wink Douglas County and water

"These patterns emphasize that in areas of high demand along the Front Range, groundwater resources are being withdrawn from the Denver Basin bedrock aquifers at rates in excess of recharge, resulting in a mining condition that depletes the groundwater in storage and lowers water levels in wells." [1]


It turns out that Douglas County, and municipalities such as Castle Rock, will be some of the more severely affected by Colorado's declining water resources. Not only now, but increasingly so in the near future.

This area is primarily reliant upon the Denver Basin Aquifers, of which there are four overlapping. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated in the 1980's that these aquifers stretching from the foothills to east Elbert County contained 467 million acre feet of water, with 269 million acre feet of that recoverable. Current estimates place that recoverable at more like 200 million acre feet. With permitted wells in the area authorized to withdraw as much as 350,000 acre feet of this water per year, that 200 million acre feet could theoretically last about 570 years. BUT the reality for various reasons is the useful life of many wells in the Denver Basin will probably be less than 100 years, and well less than that in some cases.

Due geology, this water is not apportioned equally throughout the entire region; the natural rock formation does not allow much lateral transmission of water. Or, one area or town might draw down this water rapidly and find itself short, with water from an adjoining area not shifting in to make up the deficit. Areas on the edge of these aquifers are most at risk; the western foothill region of Douglas County has already experienced significant declines in groundwater levels affecting residential wells.

Additionally, although historically areas within the Denver Basin enjoyed high groundwater levels with freely flowing artesian water, this has been significantly compromised due the heavy demands of ever increasing use. As groundwater levels decrease wells must become ever deeper, with increases in the cost of pumping. "At the end of the day, the amount of water available from the Denver Basin may be limited by economics, as much or more than by state regulations or the amount of water in storage."[1]

Colorado's rapidly growing population will be a contributing factor in water shortages. Douglas County has experienced a rapid rise in population, which is projected to continue. Its 2011 (estimated) population was 292,167, and projected to be 450,000 by 2030.[2] The current population is already too large to live in a sustainable way with existing water resources, which are being depleted beyond recharge in result of growing demand.

Castle Rock, which pumps from the deep Arapahoe aquifer, has experienced annual declines of 40 feet and more in this underlying groundwater level. It is anticipated that these wells will experience diminishing flow rates in the next decade.

Those living in, or moving to this area can expect at minimum to deal with greater restrictions on water usage, in conjunction with—likely significant—rising prices for this resource.

1) 'Citizen's Guide to Denver Basin Groundwater,' Colorado Foundation for Water Education
http://www.dcwater.org/pages/cfwe/CG-Groundwater.pdf

2) 'Douglas County Water Resources,' Douglas County
Douglas County Water Resources | Douglas County, Colorado Government
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