• Zachary Epps

Boulder Farmers Rent Water

Boulder farmers frequently rent water for their crops. Most of us think local farmers own water rights for their farms, but often they don’t.

Water is a vital commodity here, and it’s even sometimes a contentious issue among land owners. Water is sometimes sold as real estate.


Water from the Colorado Big Thomson has been shifting to municipal control from agricultural interests. Therefore, farmers in the Boulder-Longmont area have started to rely on the city’s water rental programs.

Water from the Colorado-Big Thompson project has been delivering since 1957. Back then about 85 percent of the water was owned by agricultural.

Even though farmers own less water these days, they’re still getting about half of the available water.

Eventually we’ll likely see some dry years. When that happens, it’s possible that agricultural users will have less water available to rent from municipalities and the cost will be higher.


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