The 11th annual convention of the Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) — "Water for Food; Food for Life" — will be held March 6-8, at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. During the multi-day conference, 23 speakers, several from out of state, will discuss their views on timely subjects facing ditch and reservoir companies.
On Wednesday, March 6, the pre-convention workshop, "Doing More with Less – Efficiency for Ditch Companies," will look at improvements that ditch companies can make to save water and provide a more reliable and efficient delivery system. Representatives from the Three Sisters Irrigation District (Bend, Ore.) and the Provo Water Users Association (Provo, Utah) will explain how they constructed cost- effective pressurized systems. Also covered will be presentations on the legal and administrative aspects of water efficiency, not only in Colorado but how it is handled in other Western states.
On Thursday, March 7, the main convention convenes and features presentations on the relationship between water and agriculture. Of particular interest is how these mutual associations can play a role in helping to shape their future. Other topics will include: Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, The Legacy Ditch Bill, The Public Trust Doctrine, the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study and more.
On the final morning of the convention, March 8, DARCA will be holding three concurrent workshops: "GIS", "Enhancing the Viability of Ditch Companies" and "Canal Safety."