Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshops
The Colorado Water Plan encourages the use of “alternative transfer methods” to keep water in agriculture while addressing the anticipated gap in future water supply given projected population growth. What does this mean for agricultural water users? Irrigators hear about opportunities for cost sharing of efficiency improvements, water leasing programs, and concerns about “use it or lose it” at the workshop sponsored by the Colorado Ag Water Alliance in partnership with Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and Colorado Water Institute. Each basin in Colorado is planned to have a workshop.
Below are the materials and presentations from the past workshops.
Rio Grande Basin
- What Are Some of the Motivations for Ag Producers to Use Their Water Differently? —MaryLou Smith, Colorado Water Institute
- What Do Colorado Ag Producers Think about Ag Water Leasing? Survey Results— Phil Brink, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
- Leasing water in the Arkansas Valley – Glen Hirakata, Hirakata Farms
- Alternatives to Permanent Fallowing: Summaries of Agricultural Water Conservation Strategies in the Colorado River Basin – Greg Peterson, Colorado Water Institute
- “Use it or Lose It”—Perception or Reality? Dick Wolfe, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources
- Thinking about Water as Crop –Stephen Smith, Water Resources and Irrigation Engineer
- Ag/Urban Partnerships Concepts – Gerald Knapp, City of Aurora
- Conejos ATM Project – Nathan Coombs, Conejos Water Conservancy District
- Making Water Transactions easier with the Lease-Fallowing Tool – Kelley Thompson, Division of Water Resources
Scheduling is underway for the remaining basin workshops, check back soon for more information.