From the La Junta Tribune Democrat (Bette McFarren):
The Larkspur Ditch is a transmountain diversion into the Arkansas Basin which was purchased by the Catlin Canal. The Larkspur, until recently, has been tied to Catlin Canal Shares, but because it produced such a small portion of Catlin’s needs (between 250 and 300 acre feet per year – on 185,650 acres of irrigated ground), had not attempted to divert any of the Larkspur water for a number of years nor maintained facilities on the Larkspur…
The conservancy district assured the county that all acreage that has in the past benefited from Larkspur water will continue to be served by the Catlin Canal. In conjunction with this purchase, the conservancy would like to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with Otero County, rather than going through the Otero County 1041 process. Intergovernmental Agreement is allowed by Section 2.204 of Otero County’s 1041 Regulations. Otero County agrees with the idea, with the assurance that agricultural needs will continue to be met by the Catlin Canal.
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