Pueblo: Workshop to eye water transfers — The Pueblo Chieftain

Flood irrigation -- photo via the CSU Water Center
Flood irrigation — photo via the CSU Water Center

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

A free workshop discussing alternative transfers of agricultural irrigation water will be in Pueblo next week.

The workshop is sponsored by the Ditch and Reservoir Co. Alliance and will be 7:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Pueblo Community College Student Center, Suite 201 A.

“DARCA is working hard this year to help Colorado’s ditch and reservoir companies prosper for years to come,” said Executive Director John McKenzie.

The goal of alternative transfers, such as the Arkansas Valley Super Ditch, is to keep control of the water in the hands of farmers through temporary leases, which could include cities, wildlife or even other farmers. That prevents the permanent transfer of water to municipalities and the dry-up of farm ground.

Included in the presentation will be a discussion of the role of these types of transfers in the Colorado Water Plan by John Stulp, special policy adviser to the governor.

Leah Martinsson, an attorney who represents the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, is also among speakers. She will discuss impediments to implementing ATMs. Others will look at the economics and the role of ditch companies in alternative transfers.

To register, visit http://darca.org.

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