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Buy & Dry in Colorado Agriculture


Turn on the tap in your home, particularly if you're in a city along Colorado's Front Range, and there's a good chance that the water flowing out used to belong to a farm. Buy and dry-- the practice of transferring agricultural water rights to thirsty cities and municipalities. What is the impact on farms in the state? What are the alternatives?

Carver Ranch 
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Carlyle Currier is a fourth generation farmer in Mesa County, Colorado. He leases land at Carver Ranch that is owned by the Ute Water Conservancy District. The District purchased the land for its water rights but not wanting to dry out the property, leases the land back to ranchers along with some water rights.
Carver Ranch
Carver Ranch, a farm purchased by the Ute Water Conservancy District for its water. Carlyle Currier rents the land from Ute Water for farming.
Brian Werner
Brian Werner with the Northern Water Conservancy District is an unofficial water historian. He has seen the effects of buy and dry in Colorado's northern Front Range and remembers water grabs by municipalities in years gone by.

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