Ag Water News
Reforming western water policy has always been an exercise in political maneuvering, stop-and-start negotiations and bureaucratic delays. Progress comes slowly and often reluctantly – a pace water wonks refer to as “water time.” READ MORE
Water conservation advocates cheered the passage of the Farm Bill in Congress Wednesday, saying it will help farmers and ranchers in the Colorado River Basin meet water needs while making sure enough water goes downstream. READ MORE
“The agreement with Colorado Springs Utilities will benefit many farmers in the Lower Arkansas River Valley” and “this will be a win-win for those in the San Luis Valley.” Both quotes appeared recently in the papers, one agreement from Denver and one from Colorado Springs. Talk about snake oil salesmen. To attempt to sell this idea as a benefit to the READ MORE.
Will irrigation ditches be covered under the Clean Water Act?
Doug Kemper, executive director of the Colorado Water Congress, said major discussions surrounding water are taking place. Specific to Colorado, a rule regarding the Waters of the United States has been repealed, leaving the future of irrigation ditches uncertain. READ MORE
To bring scientific veracity to these inevitable changes, researchers at Colorado State University, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno; Desert Research Institute; Northern Arizona University; and Arizona State University have received a $4.9 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The five-year project will aim to predict which entities in the west will be most impacted by changing water quantities and availabilities under current water laws. In addition, the researchers will evaluate the impact of potential adjustments to existing water laws, and evaluate the possibilities for new laws and regulations. READ MORE
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Colorado specialty crops from peaches and potatoes to grapes and sod have been awarded grants totaling over $768,000 through the Colorado Department of Agriculture's 2018 Specialty Crops Program. READ MORE
Every year, an average of 142 billion gallons (436,000 acre-feet) of water slips down the South Platte River out of Colorado and into Nebraska. Right now, that water feeds into habitats of endangered fish and birds, but most of it could legally be diverted and used in Colorado instead.
For decades, these escaping river flows — sometimes millions of acre feet of water more than Colorado is required to deliver to Nebraska — have been seen as a loss by Front Range water managers, but the hefty price tag of infrastructure to divert, store and move water has kept new projects from getting off the ground. Now, with READ MORE
The Cache la Poudre River begins its 125-mile journey in Rocky Mountain National Park and meanders north and east through the Roosevelt National Forest, continuing on through Fort Collins and ending where it flows into the Platte River five miles east of Greeley. READ MORE
When it comes to ranching, Northwest Colorado is no place for lightweights. Rugged terrain, frigid winters, and hot, parched summers are par for the course. But 2018 challenged even the hardiest of ranchers, as extreme drought prompted the first-ever call on the Yampa River. Between the forces of nature and the enforcement of water law, many ranchers lost access to that most precious of resources: water. READ MORE