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Water to ruin your basement, none for your crops


You can always tell when those who make the rules have no regard for the consequences.

WELD COUNTY, Colorado - Glenn Fritzler's family has been farming their 320 acres for 57 years. It is productive land that has helped them build their family. To succeed here, it took hard work, good soil and one thing they can't do without: water.

"Water to us is actually more valuable than gold," Fritzler said.

In recent years, that has not been a problem. Heavy snows and rains allowed Fritzler and other farmers in Weld County to irrigate their fields with surface water from the South Platte River. This year is different.

Because of the dry winter and spring the South Platte River is not flowing at a level to allow farmers, like Fritzler, to continue to use it as an irrigation source. Unless conditions change Fritzler will not receive any more above surface water for their crops.

"We have no surface water," Fritzler said. "We have an abundance of groundwater, but we do not have the permission to use it."

Fritzler and other farmers in Weld County want to use their wells to pump groundwater from the aquifers beneath their farms. They are being prevented from doing that by a 2006 Colorado Water Court ruling. In that ruling, the court said farmers, like Fritzler, are only allowed to pump a limited amount of groundwater. If farmers exceed their allotment of groundwater, they are charged $3,000 a day for each pump used.

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sully16Comment by sully16 - July 6, 2012, 8:18 pm
You would think they would bend over backwards to help the people that feed us. This is just wrong.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - July 6, 2012, 9:12 pm
If the Colorado farmers have crop insurance which many do they will not lose much financally. Just read an article the last couple days about crop insurance.
The losers are going to be the consumers paying higher prices. Just seen an article headline tonight that lobster is less costly than luncheon meat.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - July 6, 2012, 10:10 pm
This is the end result of years of electing Democrats to positions of authority.
There's nothing they like more than stupid rules and regulations.
The stupider the better.
Picture a real annoying person like Obama's Chief of Staff, Jack Lew. That's the kind of weasel-like Democrat who enjoys making rules solely to make life difficult for people simply because they get off on it and it gives them a feeling of power.

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