Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water NetWORK to host webinar on irrigation efficiency, water rights
ARVADA, Colo. — Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK will host a webinar highlighting the interrelationship between agricultural water rights and irrigation efficiency. The webinar will be at noon on July 26. The webinar, entitled “Irrigation Efficiency and Consumptive Use: Facts and Myths” will cover basic aspects of ag water rights, along with how irrigation methods can influence the historic consumptive use of a water right.
Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, through the Ag Water NetWORK, serves as a convener of water stakeholders from the agriculture, conservation and public sector interests in delivering meaningful dialogue and services to agriculture water right holders. The webinar will be the second in a series of webinars hosted by CCA that aim to increase the knowledge of ag water right holders as it relates to navigating complex water laws and the obstacles posed by competing water-related interests.
The webinar speakers are Kevin Rein, deputy state engineer of the Colorado Division of Water Resources, and Bill Trampe, lifelong Gunnison County rancher and member of the Gunnison River Basin Roundtable.
Topics to be discussed include:
» Does increasing irrigation efficiency conserve water?
» Can the historic consumptive use of a water right be affected by installing a more efficient irrigation system?
» Is there a difference between the amount of water diverted and the amount of water put to beneficial use?
» If less water is diverted due to an irrigation efficiency upgrade, what are the return flow implications?
» What is an augmentation plan?
» How do return flows influence the timing of water movement through a watershed?
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