Super Ditch

June 8, 2015--Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive? (High Country News)

Statewide, cities have acquired at least 191,000 acre-feet of agricultural water, eliminating farming and ranching on millions of acres. Water managers estimate Colorado could lose up to 700,000 more acres by 2050.

June 1, 2012--Water users question state engineer’s authority (Pueblo Chieftain)

Water users in Prowers County have filed a complaint in water court questioning State Engineer Dick Wolfe’s authority to approve a plan for a pilot program by the Arkansas Valley Super Ditch to lease water to Fountain and Security this year.

March 1, 2012--IBCC wants to move water projects (Pueblo Chieftain)

After seven years of meetings, the Interbasin Compact Committee appears ready to do something about the state’s municipal water gap. In preparation for a summit of the state’s nine basin roundtables today, the IBCC looked closely at how the roundtables have used a planning tool that incorporates identified projects, conservation, new projects and agricultural transfers.

January 9, 2012--State closely watching Super Ditch launch (Pueblo Chieftain)

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.

April 14, 2011--Roundtable backs water law study (Pueblo Chieftain)

A study to determine if state law helps or hinders new strategies to share water was approved Wednesday by the Arkansas Basin Roundtable. The study would help projects like the Arkansas Valley Super Ditch, or any effort that would allow farmers to retain water rights yet lease water, to determine what limitations could work against the concept, and what laws might help implementation.

April 12, 2011--Governors explore ways to share water (Pueblo Chieftain)

Colorado’s efforts to share water resources to avoid drying up farmland are highlighted in a report being considered by the Western States Water Council, a policy arm of 18 Western governors.

July 1, 2010--Super Ditch draws a raft of objections (Pueblo Chieftain)

Potential customers and competitors of the Arkansas Valley Super Ditch have lined up as objectors to its application for an exchange decree in Division 2 Water Court. The 28 objections were filed in February, March and April on the application by the Super Ditch and the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, which sponsored the formation of the Super Ditch.

November 22, 2009--Roundtable rates water strategies for valley (Pueblo Chieftain)

Sharing water, municipal conservation and tamarisk removal were listed as the best ways to improve water supply in a recent survey of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable.

November 20, 2009--Lower Ark to look at ‘tipping point’ in water sales (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is trying to find a “tipping point” where water sales from a community begin to affect Main Street businesses. The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District Wednesday voted to help find the answer by folding the task into its existing research on the Arkansas Valley Super 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.

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