Water Issues For Colorado Land, Ranches, Farms and Horse Property For Sale

Much of Colorado is a semi-arid climate, and there can be water issues that are unique to our state, and those issues can affect Colorado land, Ranch, Farms and Colorado Horse Property use. Most of the domestic water on rural Colorado land is obtained through a well. There are different types of well permits, and for people who have livestock or are wanting a Colorado farm or ranch that are looking at smaller parcels of land (under 35 acres), they want to make sure that if there is an existing well on the property, that that well supports the watering of livestock and/or irrigation. If there is not a well on the property, you can contact the Colorado Division of Water Resources to see if the well permit allows the watering of livestock and/or irrigation.  Water in the State of Colorado can actually be separated from the land, and bought and sold.

You may also need to know that that there are 2 separate “water source classifications”, there are those in what is called a “Designated Ground Water Basin” and those that are not. “Designated Ground Water is ground water, which in its natural course, is not available to or required for the fulfillment of decreed surface rights, or ground water in areas not adjacent to a continuously flowing natural stream; wherein ground water withdrawals have constituted the principal water usage for at least 15 years preceding the date of the first hearing on the proposed designation of the basin, and which is within the geographic boundaries of a designated ground water basin. The Designated Basins are located in the Front Range and in Eastern Colorado”.

The following is posted on the State’s website – Colorado Water Research Institute; “While there is currently no mechanism for getting water information to all new residents, task force members suggest working with established organizations such as Welcome Wagon, chambers of commerce, and realty associations. Water utilities could also send information packets to new customers, whether they just moved to the state or are relocating within the state. Related to the challenge of getting people interested is the challenge of determining what people want or need to know. Many water issues are so complex that thousands of pages have been written about them. Distilling this glut of information into a reasonably sized “package” of information for the general public is a formidable challenge. There may be conflicting opinions about which information is important to convey (e.g., among different interest groups) or over how the information should be presented. Even if the experts agree upon what the public needs to know about the issues, this may not be the same as what the public wants to know.  Reconciling the two ideas may be difficult.”

Although the Colorado Division of Water Resources suggests contacting “Welcome Wagon, chambers of commerce, and realty associations”, I personally do not suggest you do this!  Water is such a complex issue for Colorado land use.  A MUST though, is to contact someone knowledgeable in the areas of water specific to Colorado land, ranch, and horse properties.  This is especially imperative for those looking for Colorado horse property for sale, Colorado acreage for sale, Colorado land for sale, Colorado Farms for sale, or Colorado Ranches for sale.  I work with one of the best water attorneys in the area along with a geologist who specializes strictly in Colorado water, and I am happy to pass along their contact information.

For more information on this extremely complex issue, you can go to the Colorado Division of Water Resources website at http://water.state.co.us/default.asp.

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