The Huerfano County Water Conservancy District is looking for a mill levy increase to fund supplies and augmentation


From the Huerfano World Journal (Carol Dunn):

Monday night, Jay Winner, General Manager of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, attended the HCWCD meeting to offer some insight and assistance.
After being briefed on the precarious augmentation plan situation in Huerfano County, Winner told the board, “You need to buy water.”[…]

“Your engineering needs to start immediately,” Winner told the board. Although the HCWCD Enterprise only has leased water at this time for augmentation, Winner encouraged the board to proceed and offered to help procure the grant for engineering. “I just need a cost estimate,” he said…

Besides funding the purchase of water, the proposed mill levy increase will play a key part in the augmentation plan going forward, and eventually through water court. Board member Mace mentioned two major expenses: $3,000-$4,000 per acre-foot for water rights; $55,000 per acre-foot of reservoir storage. The first goal of the enterprise is to obtain about 15 acre-feet of prime water rights on the Huerfano River and build a reservoir to store it.

According to one board member, there is some push-back from taxpayers around the county because the main area involved at this time is Gardner. “Some people say they got themselves into this mess, and now they want taxpayers to help them out,” said Dawson Jordan, chair of the Enterprise. “But you can’t look at it that way. You’ve gotta work for the good of the entire community.” And Mace added, “This is good for the county. We can be a bond between Walsenburg and La Veta.”

More Arkansas River Basin coverage here and here.

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