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- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- La Plata Electric Association
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- Mancos Conservation District
- Mancos Water Conservancy District
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- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
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- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Jackson Gulch Reservoir
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
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Farmers in central and southern Arizona would take the hit from a projected shortage in Colorado River water, but the state’s major metropolitan areas would be shielded. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released projections Friday that show a 2 percent chance of Lake Mead in Nevada reaching the trigger point in 2015 for a shortage declaration and a 50 percent chance in 2016.
While all the Western states have been preparing for water shortages for years, to make supply and demand meet will require changes. “Roughly a third of the Colorado River is growing alfalfa and pasture and forage crops,” says Michael Cohen, senior research assistant at the Pacific Institute.
The Navajo Nation has cleared a major hurdle in expanding its agricultural operations in northwestern New Mexico. A state court Friday signed off on a settlement that gives the tribe enough water from the San Juan River to irrigate 40,000 acres of farmland. The 130,000 acre-feet is above the 195,000 acre-feet that the Navajo Nation now uses.
Here’s a good line: “[U]nenlightened farm policy — with its massive subsidies for junk food ingredients — has played a pivotal role in shaping our food system over the past century. But that policy can readily be changed.” With the possible substitution of the word “might” for “can,” this is pretty much an inarguable statement.
August 4, 2013--Nation’s largest irrigation district fights for water, twin tunnel project for Calif. farmers (Washington Post)
As a giant harvesting machine uprooted and sucked in hundreds of tomato plants a row at a time, Dan Errotabere contemplated massive strips of bare land on his farm. “Everything we have in our operation is under duress,” he said, looking at a stretch of fallow acres once covered in garlic, onions and other crops.
The good people of northern Colorado are sick of those Denver city-slickers telling them what to do. Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation, several rural counties are now seriously considering seceding to form their own state: North Colorado.
Sheldon Zwicker has been keeping an eye on irrigation ditches at his family's McElmo Canyon ranch since he was no taller than a cattail and was tagging along to help his grandfather water crops. The 68-year-old remembers farmers and ranchers getting hot under the collar about water disputes then.
It’s hard to imagine a more widely reviled piece of legislation than the nearly $1 trillion farm bill.
As we approach the midpoint of summer, the results of the drought are really starting to show their effects to the farmers and ranchers of Southwest Colorado. Because of limited or no irrigation water this year for crops and hay fields, many fields will not produce any forage for hay or grazing. This lack of feed is leaving livestock owners looking at some hard decisions for the coming winter.
Last month, Colorado Gov.