Our first speaker today was Helen Masterson of Masterson & Friends Communication in Arvada, Colorado. Helen took her time to discuss water in Colorado. Her son-in-law gave her a great book called “A Ditch In Time – The City, The West and Water”. It is about Denver water and was written by Patricia Limerick of The Center of the America West at CU. She is an excellent writer and can take a “dry” subject and make it interesting.
As now it is spring, we are concerned about snow melt, runoff and whether we will have water restrictions this summer. Water is always of interest to Helen because she grew up in Greeley – at that time a small college/farm community on the edge of the eastern plains. I remember one summer afternoon it rained, it hadn’t rained in two years. “Not to worry”, my friends mother who was on the Northern Colorado Water Board told me, “As long as it snows in the mountains, we will be ok because we have senior water rights.”
You see, Colorado holds the distinction of being the first state to provide for the distribution of water by public officials. In 1879, the legislature created a system the divided the state into ten water districts, nine of which are in the Platte Valley and one in the Arkansas Drainage. In each district the statute provided for a water commissioner to divide the water according to the prior appropriation doctrine of First-In-Time, First-In-Right.
The priority was determined by the district courts based upon the date the ditches were constructed and the water was place to beneficial use. Denver Water was one of the “First-In-Time”.
In 1858 gold was discovered in the mountains and the gold rush was on. Some enterprising people settled at 14th and Larimer to sell goods to the gold miners. In 1859 local citizens incorporated the first water company. In 1860 a second water company was formed with the goal of bringing clean, drinkable water to Denver with a ditch from the South Platte to what is now Capitol Hill. Between 1894 and 1918 Denver Water led by Moffat and Cheesman built the world’s tallest dam and built a pumping station in Wheat Ridge.
By the beginning of the 1890’s, water companies were constructing water reservoirs to store winter flows and spring runoff. In addition, new sources of water were being pursued, which included transmountain diversions.
The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District was formed during the 1930’s, when Colorado was suffering through the Great Depression and a devastating drought. There were entire fields of topsoil were literally blowing away.
A sampling of mountain diversions such as the Windy Gap Project which consists of a dam on the Colorado River, a reservoir, a pumping plant and a six mile pipeline to Lake Granby. From there the water is pumped into Shadow Mountain to Grand Lake where the water travels 13 miles through the Alva B. Adams Tunnel to Lake Estes down the Big Thompson Canyon to Horseshoe Reservoir and Carter Lake. Not a minor undertaking.
The Colorado Ground Water Law of 1957 required a permit from the State Engineer as a prerequisite to drilling a new well and required the registration of existing wells. Water law in Colorado declares that the state of Colorado claims the right to all moisture in the atmosphere that falls within its borders and that “said moisture” is declared to be the property of the people of this state. According to the constitution, water must be appropriated according to the priority of appropriation. As a result, in much of the state, it is illegal to divert rainwater falling on your property unless you have a very old water right or during occasional periods when there is a surplus of water in the river system. This system of water allocation plays an important role in protecting the owners of senior water rights that are entitled to appropriate the full amount of their decreed water right particularly when there is not enough water to satisfy them and parties whose water right is junior to them.
If you need someone to clean up your writing and fill in the blanks with information give Helen Masterson and Masterson & Friends a call.
Helen Masterson * Masterson & Friends Communication * 303.467.9680 * helen@guestguidepublications.com

Today’s second speaker was Laura Kilty with Shaklee Corporation in Golden, Colorado. Laura took her time today to speak about spring cleaning our bodies. While we are entering spring and many have been spring cleaning our home we all need to think about spring cleaning our bodies as well. The first step in our house is cleaning up all the dirt and grease and we keep it up. Let’s equate this with cleaning up our diet, cut down on the fats, sugars, salts additives and add in lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
First we need to clean out the closets = clean out the liver. It gets gunked up just like our closets with alcohol, fats, pesticides and chemicals. The liver is made to detox naturally on a normal basis but additional “modern day inventions” add a load. So to love your liver, add liver cleansing food to your diet like garlic, green tea, green leafy vegetables and avocado. Then add Shaklee’s Liver DTX and Alfalfa to your supplement regimen. The Liver DTX will protect and cleanse the liver and stimulates bile flow which helps in removing toxins. The Alfalfa is a natural diuretic that will flushes out the toxins, balances the bodies PH, decreases the risks of some cancers and is also an anti-inflammatory.
Next we need to take out the trash = clean out the intestine. The average diet of junk food, fat, pesticides, additives, antibiotics and gluten can leave your intestines in a crabby mood. On a daily basis adding in raw veggies can act like a sweeper. Try adding Shaklee’s Herb-lax and Optiflora to your diet. Shaklee’s Herb-lax is a natural cellular cleanser and body detoxifier that stimulates bile flow, promotes your bowels function and regularity. The Shaklee Optiflora is a good bacteria and is triple encapsulated so it gets to the intestine adding much needed good bacteria so that the bad bacteria doesn’t have room to grow. Optiflora will counteract the side effects of antibiotics and improve digestion while strengthen your immune system.
We, then, want to spruce up our home= this is like general repair and paint. In our bodies we want to repair cellular damage. Shaklee offers two products that help with this – their Vitalizer / Vita-Lea is a daily nutrient strip or a multi-vitamin/mineral and Vivix which works on cellular repair.
Next, let’s, let the fresh air in=flushing the toxins out by drinking good clean water or green tea. Also get those traditional toxic cleaners out of your home.
How do you know when is a good time to cleanse? Some do it as the change of seasons in the spring and in the fall. If you notice these changes in your body that might be a good time for you to do it.
-more fatigue
-bloating or puffiness
-digestion just isn’t normal
-cravings are taking over your life
-noticing blood sugar swings
-weight loss plateau
Then benefits you will gain:
-increased focus clarity and energy
-re-set in your taste buds
-cravings are vanquished
-increased metabolism
-enhanced digestion

If you need guidance in you spring cleaning give Laura Kilty at Shaklee a call and she will help you make choices that fit into your lifestyle!
Laura Kilty * Shaklee * 303.420.3359 * KitltyCo@aol.com * www.LauraKilty.MyShaklee.com