Lessons in Ag Water

By Greg Peterson, the Colorado Ag Water Alliance I could be wrong, but Longmont farmer Jerry Hergenreder is probably twice my age and can set a dozen siphon tubes while I’m still struggling with one. By the tenth attempt, I was gazing longingly at the center pivot sprinkler in the next field wondering how he … Continue reading Lessons in Ag Water

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The Runoff Conundrum

When a summer storm crosses the eastern plains, drowning farmlands in a deluge, more than water ends up flowing into Colorado’s rivers, lakes and streams. On April 13, 2017, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education was joined by Troy Bauder, with Colorado State University Extension, for a webinar in which part of the discussion centered … Continue reading The Runoff Conundrum

Colorado Water Trust working to marry instream flow protection and ranch production on Little Cimarron River

By Zach Smith When standing on the ranch, you can’t quite see the river. If it’s a good autumn, the snowy peaks of the San Juan Mountains within the Uncompahgre Wilderness Area backstop the narrow valley to the south, and the tops of the turning cottonwoods peek out of a ravine to the west. Just … Continue reading Colorado Water Trust working to marry instream flow protection and ranch production on Little Cimarron River

View from the Grand Valley: Municipal and agricultural partnerships

By Greg Trainor “In times of change, the learners will inherit the earth while the knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” —Eric Hoffer The search for pure water is a staple activity of Colorado municipalities. Historically and contemporaneously, this search has followed the trail directly to … Continue reading View from the Grand Valley: Municipal and agricultural partnerships

NOW ON FILM: National Young Farmers Coalition focuses on building resilience, one farm at a time

Crucial to the success of Colorado's Water Plan—released in draft form in December—will be our ability to use limited water resources more efficiently. Recently the Your Water Colorado Blog looked at municipal water conservation achievements, and now we turn to agriculture—the state’s largest water user—to explore how ag producers are shoring up to face scarcity … Continue reading NOW ON FILM: National Young Farmers Coalition focuses on building resilience, one farm at a time

Climate and Cattle

Drought can devastate Colorado's agricultural industry, as we've seen this year in the Arkansas River Basin. An article pulled from this blog for the Grand Junction Free Press' Water Lines column begins to highlight the impacts southeastern Colorado is seeing: Area producers are seeing economic impacts — the 2013 winter wheat crop was almost nonexistent, … Continue reading Climate and Cattle

Fracking vs. Farming at Water Auction

While any good auction brings a fierce bidding war, and water auctions are probably more heated than most, today's contenders for water in Colorado aren't just farmers -- now farmers have the oil and gas industry to bid against. As the Denver Post reported yesterday, an auction hosted by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District … Continue reading Fracking vs. Farming at Water Auction