12-19-16 Colorado Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshop in Alamosa on February 28th…

cawa-ag-water-workshop-in-alamosa-feb-28thColorado Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshop in Alamosa on Jan 28th

Alamosa, CO – A Colorado Basin Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Rio Grande Water Conservation District at 10900 US-160, Alamosa, CO 81101.

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 Gunnison 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 Jim Erhlich from the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and Colorado Potato Administration, Nathan Coombs from the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable and Conejos Water Conservancy District, State Engineer Dick Wolfe, Kelley Thompson from the Division of Water Resources, Glen Hirakata from Colorado State University Extension, Gerry Knapp from City of Aurora, Irrigation and Water Resources Engineer Stephen Smith, Glenn Hirakata from the Arkansas Valley SuperDitch, Phil Brink from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and MaryLou Smith and Greg Peterson 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 www.riograndeag.eventbrite.com

About the Colorado Ag Water Alliance, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and the Colorado Water Institute at CSU

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.