Bijou Irrigation Co. honored for its weed-control efforts
The Weld County Noxious Weed Advisory Board has recognized the Bijou Irrigation Co. for its attempts to enhance water flow and control noxious weeds within its 66 miles of irrigation canal systems.
The company, which starts east of Kersey and goes into Morgan County, provides irrigation water for 24,000 acres of farmland in eastern Weld and Morgan counties.
The advisory board chose the Bijou for its initial award, which will become an annual award, given during the Colorado Farm Show, said Tina Booten, vegetation management specialist with Weld County Public Works. Booten said the Bijou has improved its system over the past five years to prevent the loss of water due to weeds and debris. The company was given a plaque in recognition for its work.
Noxious weeds are listed by category.
Those plants on the “A List” have the potential to be very invasive noxious weeds that quickly transform an area. The plants on this list either are not in Colorado yet or are present in very limited numbers, and eradication of these species is still possible. There are about 14 on that list, Booten said.
Plants on the “B List” have the potential to be very invasive noxious weeds that quickly transform an area. These plants are typically already established in Colorado. However, in Weld, they may just be moving in.
There are about 35 plants on the B list.
To nominate a company for the 2011 award, contact Booten at (970) 304-6496, ext. 3770.
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This the first in a six-part series of articles covering basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource.