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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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Headwaters magazineRead feature articles below or view the issue online to flip through or download the whole magazine.

Leases Help Farms and Suburbs Weather Drought

By Dan MacArthur

The largest temporary water lease in Colorado history promises to benefit both rural and urban interests. As part of this innovative agreement, the City of Aurora will lease enough water to weather the drought. In the Lower Arkansas River Valley, lease revenues will help farmers survive lean times while retaining ownership of their water, as well as the option to keep some land in production.

Read more: Leases Help Farms and Suburbs Weather Drought

New Development: Reuter-Hess Reservoir

Planning and permitting a reservoir is no small undertaking. There are years of engineering studies, environmental reviews, public comment, logistical and funding challenges. To complicate matters further, imagine if you are one of the fastest growing counties in the nation relying totally on nonrenewable groundwater. For one Douglas County water provider, it was time to cobble together sources of water from every angle. The result will be a unique new reservoir called Reuter-Hess.

Read more: New Development: Reuter-Hess Reservoir

Pagosa Springs Gets Water Wise

By Christine Meyer

When Colorado entered its fifth year of drought in 2003, a small water district in Archuleta County decided to meet the challenge head on. Looking at alternatives for providing water to its growing population, the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) launched its first water conservation program. Designed to reduce water demand and stretch existing supplies, the program incorporates education, restructured water-rates, advertising, rebates, and simple door-to-door outreach.

Read more: Pagosa Springs Gets Water Wise

Mutual Irrigation Company Caters to New Customers

By Dan MacArthur

Agricultural ditch and reservoir companies increasingly threatened by urban encroachment may find new direction by supplying water for a whole different crop of water users.

Read more: Mutual Irrigation Company Caters to New Customers


Sweet Medicine
A Collaborative Poem

Down from Denver
Down to Kiowa County
And into Kiowa country.
Ancient cottonwoods, gnarled junipers
Prairie grasses, sweet sage
Cover dry cracked plains.

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