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Open Lands Advisory Board Meeting - July 27, 2017

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Jul 21, 2017

Contact Information:

Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Program Manager, (970) 619-4577

At this month's meeting, the Board will hear a presentation on an innovative, novel draft farm and water viability plan. Photo by Charlie Johnson.
LOVELAND, Colo. – The next Larimer County Open Lands Advisory Board meeting is Thursday, July 27, 2017 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Loveland Council Chambers, 500 E. 3rd St., Loveland.

At this month's meeting, the Board will hear a presentation on a draft farm and water viability plan. 

The Board will hear final review and take action on a water partnership Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). Larimer County and the City and County of Broomfield are proposing to enter into an innovative, novel water-sharing partnership, which allows Larimer County to conserve a working farm in perpetuity and Broomfield to bolster the water supply for its citizens without buying up a farm for its water. This alternative to buy-and-dry, also known as an Alternative Transfer Method (ATM), is promoted in the 2015 Colorado Water Plan, which was recently presented by Governor Hickenlooper, as a means of addressing the predicted water supply gap in Colorado without drying up farmland. 

By successfully piloting this agreement, Larimer County and Broomfield are demonstrating that, by working together and sharing valuable resources, it is feasible to preserve fast-disappearing farmland at a reduced cost and secure a perpetual source of drought-firming water for Colorado’s growing cities. Once complete, this project will be Colorado's first perpetual agriculture-to-municipal ATM project. 

Larimer County will receive $3,922,000 from the deal, with the majority coming from Broomfield to purchase 115 units and share the use of 80 units of Colorado-Big Thompson water. Larimer County acquired the units of C-BT water along with a farm southwest of Berthoud in 2017. The project also received financial contributions from a private family foundation and a pending request from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which funded the team of water experts who helped bring this water-sharing agreement to fruition. 

The Board will also elect officers for the 2017-18 term. 

All meetings are open to the public. For additional information, contact Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Program Manager, at (970) 619-4577.
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