Grand Valley Farmers Participate in Drought Planning Effort

Drought conditions in the Colorado River Basin will continue to be a focus at the Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference which runs tomorrow through Friday, Dec. 14-16, 2016 in Las Vegas. The conference will feature expert speakers, panelists and discussions and is regularly attended by key decision makers from Colorado River Basin states. … Continue reading Grand Valley Farmers Participate in Drought Planning Effort

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Expanding the Role of Reclaimed Water

One of the main resources needed by any garden, including Denver Urban Gardens' (DUG) community gardens, is water. Since 1985, DUG has been working in the Denver Metro area to create sustainable, food-producing community gardens, and today operates more than 155 gardens, with 30 of those located on the grounds of Denver Public Schools (DPS). “School … Continue reading Expanding the Role of Reclaimed Water

Accurately Estimating Evapotranspiration: The Third Colorado ET Workshop

By Tom Trout, USDA-ARS-Water Management Research Water rights transfers in Colorado are based on consumptive use. A city or company that purchases water from a farmer can only use the amount of water that the farmer has historically consumed—that is, the water that actually evaporated and transpired from the crop and soil. Thus, they must estimate … Continue reading Accurately Estimating Evapotranspiration: The Third Colorado ET Workshop

No Chico Brush: Collaboration for Colorado’s Water Future

  Before irrigated agriculture in the Uncompahgre and North Fork Valleys, there was chico brush. These woody desert plants covered vast swaths of land in southwestern Colorado until the late 1800s and early 1900s, when works like the Gunnison Tunnel diverted water that was used to transform these valleys into the agricultural hubs they are … Continue reading No Chico Brush: Collaboration for Colorado’s Water Future

Preserving Water for Agriculture with the Colorado Ag Water Alliance

  By Greg Peterson While I was raised in Littleton, I grew up hearing stories from my family about their farm. They were farmers and ranchers along Bear Creek until their land was taken under eminent domain for the Bear Creek Reservoir. I have a hard time picturing an agricultural community in an area that … Continue reading Preserving Water for Agriculture with the Colorado Ag Water Alliance

Running Water, Together

  From a centuries-old “gentle art” to a modern form of water collective, these irrigators function almost like family. By Steve Knopper, excerpts from an originally published piece in the Winter 2016 issue of Headwaters magazine Every March, in the tiny southern Colorado town of San Luis, some 25 representatives from 62 family farms attend a meeting … Continue reading Running Water, Together

From Vine to Wine on tour in Palisade, Colorado

By Kelsea Macilroy Here in Colorado, we all know where the best peaches come from: the Grand Valley. Enjoying some of the most temperate weather in Colorado, the Grand Valley of Western Colorado is one of the few places peaches and grapes can be grown reliably in abundance. For over a century viticulture has been … Continue reading From Vine to Wine on tour in Palisade, Colorado

A New Way of Doing Water Business: The Rio Grande Cooperative Project

By Christi Bode So common and so fierce is the push-and-pull over water rights, it is the way residents define their communities and their relationship to the rest of the West. There have always been winners and losers; now that water scarcity is the new reality, collaboration is key in finding innovative ways to conduct water business that benefits … Continue reading A New Way of Doing Water Business: The Rio Grande Cooperative Project

The Lifeblood of West Slope Agriculture

"Agriculture is really the lifeblood and the essence of Routt County, and Colorado too," says Belinda Rossi of Rossi Ranches in Yampa, Colorado. Hear what agriculture and water for agriculture mean for the West Slope agriculture in a video series, created by the Routt County Conservation District. The first video debuted early this summer, created … Continue reading The Lifeblood of West Slope Agriculture

Then there’s the water: The Rio Grande Basin

By Christi Bode May, 1999. Driving westward, Dad gingerly sips from a mega-sized coffee cup as we approach our tenth hour on Interstate 70. Leaving the hometown familiarity of the Connecticut River valley, along with its lush rolling green hills and plentiful fresh waters, the flat expanses of the west looked naked to my East … Continue reading Then there’s the water: The Rio Grande Basin