Irrigated ag still tops water use in valley

Outlet: Pueblo Chieftain

October 17, 2011

Most water that’s used in the Arkansas River basin continues to irrigate crops, even though municipalities have bought many agricultural water rights over the last 60 years. More than 86 percent of the water diverted from the Arkansas River in Colorado goes to agriculture, but in some counties the rate is much higher. Even though water supplies have been depleted by urban transfers, irrigated agriculture is the mainstay of water use in the Arkansas Valley…

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