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The Republican River Water Conservation District is an independent entity that is entirely self-governed. The Colorado State Legislature created the District in 2004 to assure local involvement in the State’s efforts to comply with the Republican River Compact between Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. The fifteen members of the Board of Directors are residents of the basin appointed by the Commissioners of local counties, Boards of ground water management districts, and the Colorado Ground Water Commission.

The District promotes conservation through voluntary participation. By utilizing federal programs, the District has brought in millions of federal dollars to offer financial incentives to producers who voluntarily retire water rights to reduce consumptive use to the stream flows. These water retirements reinforce the District’s efforts to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer for future generations.

Current focus toward compact compliance is through a $60,000,000 locally funded pipeline project. The water source for the pipeline comes from existing irrigation wells with pumping limited to historic use. The compact compliance pipeline was completed on April 4, 2014.

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Posted - Thursday, July 02, 2015


Republican River Water Conservation District
 Quarterly Board Meeting

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wray, Colorado

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Posted - Friday, June 05, 2015

 
Ogallala Aquifer Initiative Program Sign-up Deadline July 17th

The Republican River Water Conservation District acting through its Water Activity Enterprise (RRWCD) is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) for the purpose of encouraging producers in the Republican River Basin in Colorado to enroll in a voluntary Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (OAI). 

This program provides incentives and cost-sharing in a variety of water conservation practices.  The RRWCD is partnering with NRCS and offering additional incentives to producers who voluntarily enter their irrigated land into a Permanent Water Retirement Practice.  Producers must apply to enroll in this program by July 17, 2015.  The short response time is due to the federal fiscal year and the need for NRC to comply with fiscal year end deadlines.  The RRWCD must comply with the NRCS sign-up deadline.

The Republican River OAI aims to coordinate federal, state, and local efforts that address specific water conservation practices such as permanent water retirement,  soil moisture probes, weather stations and other practices that have a proven water conservation component. 

Among the acceptable conservation practices is Permanent Water Retirement. The RRWCD is providing significant incentives to those producers that elect to retire irrigation wells permanently.  Land enrolled under the Permanent Well Retirement Practice may be dry land farmed or grazed during and after the term of the contract. 

NRCS will provide approximately three hundred sixty ($360.00) per acre for irrigated parcels that are enrolled in the Permanent Water Retirement Practice. Priorities have been established to focus RRWCD funding toward permanent water retirement near three river corridors, the South Fork of the Republican River, the Arikaree River, and the North Fork of the Republican River, but all land in the RRWCD boundary are eligible for the program. 

The RRWCD is offering one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per acre on all acres that enroll in the Permanent Water Retirement Practice.  Incentives will follow the above mentioned priorities, with those closest to the river corridors being funded first.  Additional incentives may be available from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for wells that they have targeted along the Arikaree River tributary.

Producers who offer land for enrollment will be ranked using NRCS developed ranking criteria and those enrolling in the program will be required to meet NRC eligibility criteria. 

Participants enrolling in any water conservation practice will be required to sign a contract with NRCS and those that elect to enroll in the Permanent Water Retirement Practice will also be required to sign a contract with the RRWCD.  Producers participating in the Permanent Water Retirement Practice will also be required to submit an application to the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) to cancel the affected well permit.  

The NRCS and RRWCD staff will assist producers in any eligible water conservation practice to determine suitability and efficiency of practices.

Participants who wish to inquire about the Permanent Water Retirement Practice or any water conservation practice may contact the local NRCS offices and/or the RRWCD office. 

Applications may be accepted at local NRCS offices within the Republican River Basin in Colorado or at the RRWCD office for this application period which ends on June 19th, 2015.  Obligations for fiscal funding for the Permanent Water Retirement Practice through RRWCD incentives are subject to available funding. 

To be eligible for the Permanent Well Retirement Practice, land must have been irrigated two of the last five years and not be subject to any curtailment orders.   Upon signing a contract for the Permanent Water Retirement Practice with NRCS, the producer has thirty days to in which to contact the RRWCD to qualify for and contract for RRWCD incentives. 

The application deadline is July 17, 2015.  Anyone interested in any practices available through the OAI funding for this federal fiscal year must contact NRCS or RRWCD as soon as possible.  The district office of the RRWCD is located at 410 Main Street, Wray, CO.  The phone number for the RRWCD is (970) 332-3552.

 
State of the Basin Symposium Presentations

These are the presentations from the 2014 Republican River Water Conservation District State of the Basin Symposium held on March 17th, 2014 at the Wray High School Auditorium.
Video produced by Stormy Productions, www.StormyProductions.tv or (970) 630-5886.


To watch all of the presentations,
click here.

To watch Justice Gregory Hobbs presentation on the History of Water Law in the Northern High Plains, 
click here.

To watch State Engineer Dick Wolfe & CO Assistant Attorney General Scott Steinbrecher's presentation on the Republican River Compact Administration Report, and the Compact Compliance Pipeline and Bonny Arbitration, click here.

To watch RRWCD Pipeline Technical Advisory Committee Chairman Tim Pautler's presentation on the Compact Compliance Pipeline, click here.

To watch Jim Slattery's, Slattery & Hendrix Engineering, presentation on the Groundwater Quantity Analysis, click here.

To watch Congressman Cory Gardner's presentation, click here.

To watch CSU Facilitator MaryLou Smith's presentation on the Water Preservation Partnership, click here. 

To watch CSU Ag Economics Professor Chris Goemans presentation on the Economic Impact With and Without Water Conservation, click here.

To watch the Manager of Northwest KS Groundwater Management District 4 Katherine Wilkins-Wells' presentation on the efforts in Kansas and the LEMA Program, click here.

To watch the Manager of Frenchman & Cambridge Irrigation District Brad Edgerton's presentation on the conservation efforts in Nebraska, click here.

To watch RRWCD General Manager Deb Daniel's presentation of the CO State Water Plan, click here.

To watch RRRWCD Conservation Committee Member Rod Lenz's closing comments, click here.

To watch the public comment session, click here.


Contact Information

410 Main Street – Suite 8
Wray, CO 80758
970-332-3552
970-332-3553 FAX
Contact Us

Office hours 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Monday thru Friday), closed 12:00 – 12:30 for lunch

Posting Location – The official locations for posting District information is the bulletin board at the Yuma County Courthouse in Wray, and here on the Official Posting Place.

RRWCD Meeting Dates

The dates for the regular quarterly board meetings have been set by statute to be the second Thursday of January, April, July and October.  The dates for the next 12 months are: 

October 8, 2015 - Wray, CO

January 7, 2016 - Burlington, CO

April 7, 2016 - Yuma, CO

July 9, 2015 - Holyoke, CO
 

Legislative Reports

To access the Legislative reports to the Colorado Legislature bills we are following for the district, click here. 

News

 
NEW RRWCD Receives Report on Judge Hartmann's Decision in Hutton Foundation vs. State Engineer. To read the full article submitted by Deb Daniel, click here.

Hutton Lawsuit Threatens Shut Down of Irrigation Wells in the Republican River Basin. To read the full article submitted by the RRWCD, click here.

The Compact Compliance Pipeline is operating! To read the full article submitted by Deb Daniel, click here.

Special Master William Kayatta, Jr. issued his report in the United States Supreme Court case where Kansas sued Nebraska for damages for Nebraska's compact violations for 2005 and 2006. To view the report, click here

Arbitrator Martha O. Pagel has issued her report on the Colorado Compact Compliance Pipeline dispute pursuant to the Final Settlement Stipulation. To view the report, click here.

Arbitrator Martha O. Pagel has issued her report on the Bonny Reservoir Proposal dispute to Final Settlement Stipulation. To view the report, click here.

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