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Alt. Water Transfers

Cover HW Fall 2017

Water sharing and banking, coined "alternative transfer methods" or ATMs, could provide flexibility for stretched water supplies —but not without marked challenges. Read the Fall 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine and explore options to:

  • keep water in farming
  • help municipalities plan ahead
  • share between ag and environmental uses
  • bank water on the Colorado River

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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Water Education Colorado

Weld County Groundwater Users Have Dry Outlook

GREELEY—Farmers and ranchers relying on groundwater augmented by water leases and plans organized by the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District may be in for a very dry summer.

At a board meeting in mid-March, Central's Board of Directors announced that water users in its Groundwater Management Subdistrict may only receive 50 percent of their water this year. Well users who are allowed to pump as part of Central's Well Augmentation Subdistrict may not get any water at all.

However, Central is close to completing several water leases/trades with local municipalities. If these do occur, then the Groundwater Management Subdistrict could get 75 percent of their normal allocation of water, and the Well Augmentation Subdistrict 40 percent.

Because of new groundwater rules and regulations made more stringent to protect senior water rights, Central has been forced to go out and find additional water resources for well-users to pump.

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