Central Colorado Water Conservancy District $48.7 million bond issue

Recharge pond graphic via the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District.

From The Greeley Tribune (Sara Knuth):

The district, which has boundaries that stretch through parts of Weld, Adam and Morgan counties, serves about 550 farmers who operate about 1,000 irrigation wells. As part of the ballot question, proposed through Central’s Groundwater Management Subdistrict, the district is planning for long-term projects officials said would give farmers and ranchers a reliable source of water, even during drought conditions.

According to the district, taxpayers living in a $500,000 home would pay $1.90 per month or $22.80 per year.

If approved, the money would go three places:

  • Construction of 5,000 acre-feet of additional reservoir storage near Fort Lupton, Greeley and Kersey.
  • Purchasing additional senior water rights, including those currently leased by the district.
  • Construction of the Robert W. Walker Recharge project in Wiggins, near the Weld and Morgan county line.
  • In September, executive director Randy Ray said the recharge project, the biggest of the three, would claim $15 million of the funding to divert water from the South Platte River and send flows to groundwater basins about 5 miles away from the river. Officials said the storage would increase drought resiliency for the district’s water users.

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