From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):
The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District allocated nearly 60,000 acre-feet of water to agriculture at its meeting Thursday. The water will supplement flows on 150,000 acres of farmland and could save crops later in the season. Much of the Lower Arkansas Valley remains in a drought that began 9 months ago. The board also allocated almost 18,000 acre-feet of agricultural return flows, which mostly will be used for well augmentation. The water comes with a caution: The snowpack may melt too fast to capture the anticipated water. So, only 80 percent will be allocated, with the rest arriving in midsummer, when the picture becomes clearer…
With municipal water storage accounts near the brim, however, the cities have asked for only about 60 percent of the water they could have. The Pueblo Board of Water Works did not take a Fry-Ark allocation this year, and is actually leasing some of the water it has to farmers. Colorado Springs also is passing on some of the water it could claim. Even in the Lower Arkansas Valley, one of the driest parts of the state, municipal and domestic water providers only requested about two-thirds of the water to which they are entitled.
More Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District coverage here.