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Finding a way to allow farmers to sell water to cities without giving up their water rights is a key piece of the state’s strategy to meet future water needs. “There has to be better ways of using agricultural water,” said John Stulp, water policy adviser for Gov.
Two area lawmakers are among the sponsors of proposed legislation introduced Thursday that would ease the process for and expand the length of leasing agricultural water from Southern Colorado to urban centers. Under HB1068, the state engineer would be granted authority to approve agricultural water transfer agreements lasting up to 40 years.
Irrigators from one end of the Arkansas Valley to the other have lined up to intervene in a Water Court case over compact compliance rules proposed by State Engineer Dick Wolfe. A four-week trial for the rules is scheduled to begin Nov. 16 and, if approved by Chief District Judge Dennis Maes, the Division 2 Water Court judge, they would become effective on Jan. 1, 2011.
A conversation last week with the Bureau of Reclamation yielded positive results for the Arkansas Valley. “I think they are starting to understand the significance of what we are trying to do, and listening to the Secretary of Interior,” Jim Broderick, director of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District told the board Thursday.
As if we didn’t already know this, here’s this civics lesson again: it does matter what committee appointments your representatives snag.
Farmers in the Arkansas Valley would have several ways to comply with new agricultural rules for surface irrigation the state is planning to file in Division 2 Water Court next week. “We’re not trying to penalize one farmer over another,” State Engineer Dick Wolfe explained to a committee looking at the rules Monday.
A growing population in the Arkansas Valley will require more electricity, meaning the need for more water diverted from other uses. “One of the trends we’re starting to see in the West and Colorado is a lot of ag-to-industry transfers,” Stacy Tellinghuisen of Western Resource Advocates told the Arkansas Basin Roundtable Wednesday.
While the state’s attention has, for years, been focused on providing water for future residents in metropolitan areas, the needs of rural communities are reaching critical proportions.
The state is releasing bugs in the valley to knock back tamarisk, leafy spurge and bindweed as the summer growing season moves ahead.
The Pueblo Board of Water Works on Friday approved the final contract for the sale of the Columbine Ditch to Aurora. Aurora will pay the Pueblo water board $30.48 million for the ditch, located on Fremont Pass 13 miles north of Leadville. The water board will use the money from the sale as part of a $60 million package to buy 5,200 Bessemer Ditch shares, about one-fourth of the total.