Republican River Basin: Yuma County Water Authority still in the hunt for North Fork surface water rights

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From The Yuma Pioneer (Tony Rayl):

The YCWA Board voted at its December meeting, last week, to move ahead with purchasing the water rights of the Curt Soehner family on the Laird Ditch. YCWA Board member Robin Wiley said the district has been able to put aside enough money since voters approved its formation in November 2008, to purchase the last few rights on the North Fork. He said a total of five letters were sent out to owners of senior surface water rights to see if they were interested in selling those rights. The YCWA has heard back from a few of them, but so far Soehner has been the only one willing to pursue selling the senior rights. Wiley said the amount being offered to the Soehners is about two-thirds of what those involved in the original lawsuit received. Soehner was the only senior water rights holder on the Laird Ditch that was not involved in the lawsuit…

The lawsuit, which threatened to shut down all high-capacity wells within 20 miles of the North Fork and its tributaries — all of it located in Yuma County — led to the formation of the YCWA and the $20 million purchase of senior water rights from owners of the Laird Ditch and the Pioneer Ditch Company. The formation of the YCWA and a $15 million expenditure toward the senior surface water rights were approved by Yuma County voters. (The remaining $5 million came from a 20-year lease of those rights by the Republican River Water Conservation District.)

More Republican River Basin coverage here and here.

One Response to Republican River Basin: Yuma County Water Authority still in the hunt for North Fork surface water rights

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