Moving into the driest of times: This year’s storms have missed Bent County

Outlet: The Pueblo Chieftain

May 15, 2013

The farmers who started the Fort Lyon Canal Co. knew they were pushing water onto land in an arid climate. Irrigation made farming possible despite spells of drought that could last for months or even years. But the drought of 2011-12 already is exceptional among those recorded since the Fort Lyon began keeping records at Las Animas in 1868.