With Colorado’s population growing and the constant need for water, one would think that rural farmers and landowners would be positioned against the state’s larger municipalities. However, just the opposite is true in many cases, and the recent Larimer County-Broomfield Project is the perfect example. This project is the state’s first permanent agricultural-municipal alternative transfer method (ATM) project. The deal for this project closed back in August and will hopefully inspire similar projects in the future.
ATMs offer an alternative to “buy and dry” methods. Photo courtesy of jtsmmm.
ATMs, promoted by the 2015 Colorado Water Plan, are an alternative to the traditional “buy and dry” approach for growing municipalities to obtain the new water supplies they need to satisfy their customers. An ATM allows farmers to lease water that they would have used for irrigation to municipalities in drought years when urban supplies run short. During years of…
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