Colorado Foundation for Water Education: ‘Future Horizons for Irrigated Agriculture’ tour Sept 9, 2011

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Here’s the announcement:

On September 9, join a diverse group of water professionals, public officials and educators for a day on northeastern Colorado farms! Expect to learn how agricultural water is distributed and used, the challenges associated with keeping water on farms while meeting other water demands and opportunities to secure a plentiful future for agriculture.

Here’s the registration page. Here’s the itinerary:

7:30 Registration at Colorado Corn

8:00 Welcome and Introductions
Colorado’s future water needs and the threat to agriculture
John Stulp, Governor’s Special Policy Advisor on Water
Water distribution in the South Platte Basin
Brad Wind, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
Local economic connections to agriculture
Professor James Pritchett, Colorado State University

9:30 Bus route through LaSalle area and stop at Eckhardt farm
Shut‐down of groundwater wells and impacts to the landscape
Frank Eckhardt, Eckhardt Farms Inc.
Recharge potential on dried up agricultural lands
Kathy Parker, Central Colorado Water Conservancy District

11:30 Lunch at Glen Fritzler’s Corn Maize

12:45 Bus route to illustrate major diversions and exchange limitations
Legal and engineering requirements for ag‐to‐urban water transfers
Andy Jones, Lawrence Jones Custer & Grasmick

1:45 Thornton farm property near Ault
Strategies for meeting municipal water demands
Emily Hunt, City of Thornton
Re‐vegetation methods on agricultural lands
Kate Green, Native Seeders and Brian Foss, City of Thornton

2:45 Bus route to USDA site
Alternative solutions to meeting future water needs in Northeast Colorado
Jim Yahn, South Platte Roundtable and North Sterling Irrigation District

3:00 Limited Irrigation Research Farm
Efficiencies in irrigation and measuring crop water use
Tom Trout, USDA and Stephen Smith, Regenesis Management Group

4:15 Arrive in Greeley

More Colorado Foundation for Water Education coverage here.

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