The Water Center at Colorado Mesa University is pleased to announce two exciting opportunities to learn about water in our region: an eight-hour "Water Law in a Nutshell" class on Friday, Sept. 21, and a water tour of the Uncompahgre Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Both events are open to the general public.
in a Nutshell"
Do you have some understanding that senior water rights have priority over junior water rights in Colorado, but get a bit confused when people start talking about augmentation plans and conditional water rights? Are you a little fuzzy on the difference between a ditch share and a water right? And would you like to understand all of this a whole lot better? If so, then this course is for you.
On Friday, Sept. 21, the Water Center at CMU will host "Water Law in a Nutshell," an 8-hour seminar presented by Mr. Aaron Clay, Attorney at Law and former 26-year Water Referee for the Colorado Water Court, Division 4. This seminar will cover all aspects of the law related to water rights and ditch rights as applied in Colorado. Subject matter includes the appropriation, perfection, use, limitations, attributes, abandonment and enforcement of various types of water rights. Additional subject matter will include special rules for groundwater, public rights in appropriated water, Federal and interstate compacts and more.
This seminar is open to all interested persons. Fee is $89; $113 for .5 graduate inservice credit. The course has also been pre-approved for 8 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit. For more information or to register, see http://www.coloradomesa.edu/eso/WaterLaw.html or call the Water Center at 970-248-1968.
Uncompahgre Valley Water Tour
Over 100 years ago, a tunnel was drilled from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison to carry water from the Gunnison River to the Uncompahgre Valley. The water flowed, and a rich diversity of farms flourished.
In an all-day tour on Tuesday, Sept. 25, learn about this fascinating history and see how the valley is responding to newer challenges: the opportunity to develop hydropower from canals, the need to control the levels of salt and selenium leaching from farmland into the Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers, and the need to get more precise with irrigation when water supplies dwindle.
The tour will start and finish at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center at Confluence Park in Delta and will run from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The tour is being co-hosted by the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association, the Delta-Montrose Electric Association and the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University.
The tour will begin with a presentation on the history of water development in the Uncompahgre Valley by Steve Fletcher, Manager of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association. Stops will include the South Canal hydropower project, which is currently under construction, the Ironstone diversion on the Uncompahgre River, a ditch lining project on the EC lateral, Randy Meeker's farm, and David Harold's farm. Mr. Meeker employs sprinkler irrigation, and Mr. Harold uses a drip system.
The tour is open to anyone who is interested. The $40 fee includes transportation, breakfast and a picnic lunch at the Mountain View Winery near Olathe. For more information or to register, see www.coloradomesa.edu/watercenter/UncompahgreTour.html or call the Water Center at 970-248-1968.
This is part of a series of articles coordinated by the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University in cooperation with the Colorado and Gunnison Basin Roundtables to raise awareness about water needs, uses and policies in our region. To learn more about the basin roundtables and statewide water planning and let the roundtables know what you think, go to www.coloradomesa.edu/WaterCenter.blog comments powered by Disqus