(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 21, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Greg Peterson of the CO Ag Water Alliance, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming CAWA Regional Workshop coming up on July 13th @ the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush…
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Brush, CO – A South Platte Basin Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Morgan County Fairgrounds in the Event Center. The Colorado Water Plan encourages the use of “alternative transfer methods” to keep water in agriculture while addressing the anticipated gap in future water supply given projected population growth. What does this mean for agricultural water users in the South Platte Basin? Irrigators will hear about opportunities for cost sharing of efficiency improvements, water leasing programs, and concerns about “use it or lose it” at this workshop sponsored by the Colorado Ag Water Alliance with assistance from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and CSU’s Colorado Water Institute.
Brief presentations will be followed by dialogue in which agricultural producers will have a chance to discuss challenges and barriers to these opportunities. Those presenting include Gene Manuello from the Colorado Ag Water Alliance, Joe Frank from the South Platte Basin Roundtable, State Engineer Dick Wolfe, Greg Kernohan from Ducks Unlimited, Todd Doherty from Western Water Partnerships, Chris Kraft from For Morgan Ditch Co., Mike Applegate from Applegate and Associates, John Switzer from the Super Ditch Board, Aurora Water, Phil Brink from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and MaryLou Smith from CSU’s Colorado Water Institute.
The event is free and includes lunch, but those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP for a lunch count http://southplatteag.eventbrite.com
About the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
The Colorado Ag Water Alliance (CAWA) is comprised of agricultural leaders from across Colorado representing major facets of production agriculture. CAWA’s goals is to empower Colorado agricultural producers to make the most informed and viable decisions regarding Colorado water. The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association is the premier cattlemen’s association that serves as the principle voice and advocate for Colorado beef production by ensuring a dynamic and profitable industry that promotes growth and opportunity for future generations. Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University is facilitating dialogue among agricultural producers as part of their USDA funded project Moving Forward on Agricultural Water Conservation in the Colorado River Basin.
The event is hosted by the Colorado Agricultural Water Alliance – Learn more online @ http://coagwater.colostate.edu/