Septembe 26, 2010--Water transfers already have eaten into ag land (Pueblo Chieftain)

New actions in the state threaten to take more acreage. A state crackdown on seep-ditch rights could remove water from 6,500 acres, and new agriculture consumption rules could tie up more augmentation water that otherwise would be available for irrigation. But events already have been set in motion to dry up far more farm ground. A recent state report—a draft document projecting potential agricultural demands to 2050—shows that an additional, as yet unidentified, 63,000 acres could be taken out of production in the next 40 years to meet a municipal “gap” in water supply.

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