Bessemer Ditch

November 19, 2009--Super Ditch announces first water leasing deal struck (La Junta Democrat)

John Schweizer, chairman of the Super Ditch consortium, announced Wednesday the group has worked out an agreement with Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority to lease 2,000 acre feet of water to seven Colorado Springs-area entities. The leasing of irrigation water rights held by farmers working under seven canal companies in Southeastern Colorado would begin in 2011, Schweizer said.


September 23, 2009--Water board wraps up bond measures (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Pueblo Board of Water Works passed resolutions Tuesday to set a bond issue in motion in order to complete its purchase of about one-fourth of Bessemer Ditch shares. The two resolutions clear up the relationship of the new debt to past and future obligations and give the board’s representatives flexibility in issuing the bonds next month.

August 1, 2009--Water board OKs Columbine sale (Pueblo Chieftain)

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.

July 14, 2009--Aurora, Climax ready for ditch buy (Pueblo Chieftain)

Aurora and the Climax molybdenum mine are planning to jointly purchase the Columbine Ditch on Fremont Pass north of Leadville from the Pueblo Board of Water Works.

July 7, 2009--Bessemer local farmers want water, not storms (Pueblo Chieftain)

With the Bessemer Ditch running as high as possible, farmers would rather not see thunderheads building in the afternoon summer sky.

May 26, 2009--Pueblo may sell water rights to new ski resort (Denver Post)

A $30.48 million offer to buy water rights for the proposed Battle Mountain Ski Resort near Minturn will be voted on by the Pueblo Board of Water Works on Thursday. Money from the sale would go toward an estimated $60 million needed to buy Bessemer Ditch shares to reduce the water board's dependence on Western Slope water.


May 26, 2009--Pueblo may sell water rights to new ski resort (Denver Post)

A $30.48 million offer to buy water rights for the proposed Battle Mountain Ski Resort near Minturn will be voted on by the Pueblo Board of Water Works on Thursday.

May 14, 2009--Bessemer Ditch weathers a hard choice (Pueblo Chieftain)

Considering the depth of feelings about the sale of water from the Bessemer Ditch to the Pueblo Board of Water Works, there was little said at Monday’s meeting to change the ditch rules and clear the way for the sale. In the end, arguments in favor of future sales prevailed over the strong sentiment to preserve a rich agricultural history in Pueblo County.


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