The Denver Business Journal is reporting that corn farmers in Yuma County are looking to a $71 million water project to sustain their businesses.
Colorado is obligated to send a certain amount of water from the Republican River downstream to Nebraska and Kansas, and many farmers /ranchers are unable to properly irrigate their fields under that requirement. If ranchers take more water than allowed, neighboring states can take their case to the Supreme Court and shut down all wells in the Republican River Basin. If ranchers can’t access water, they can’t grow corn, which forces them to turn to “non-irrigated crops or grazed cattle,” decreasing the value of the land by as “much as 80 percent.”
Read more about the proposed water project in today’s Denver Business Journal.