February 14, 2009--Plan to reduce groundwater pumping could cost $125.8 million (Pueblo Chieftain)

Fallowing up to 40,000 acres of agricultural land to reduce groundwater pumping in the north-central San Luis Valley won't come cheaply. The valley's first groundwater subdistrict, which is currently under review by the Division 3 Water Court, has forwarded a $125.8 million proposal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would pay farmers to bring land out of production. The federal government would carry 80 percent of those costs under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, but the subdistrict would need to come up with $27.3 million for a local match.

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