Colorado’s farmers could get cash to leave water in streams

By on April 27, 2012

Drought conditions in Colorado have triggered for the first time a 2003 law that allows for cash payments to farmers and ranchers in exchange for leaving water in the state’s streams, according to a report from the Denver Post.

Denver’s water utility said conditions appear similar to those in a 2002 drought when water was so low that fish were being rescued in buckets from dwindling streams. Colorado Water trust, a non-profit that works with the state and landowners to maintain minimum stream flows, could fund as much as $400,000 in payments.

Read more at the Denver Post.

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About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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