Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK will host a webinar highlighting the interrelationship between agricultural water rights and irrigation efficiency.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK will host a webinar highlighting the interrelationship between agricultural water rights and irrigation efficiency. Plan to join the webinar on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 12 p.m. The webinar, titled “Irrigation Efficiency and Consumptive Use: Facts and Myths,” will cover basic aspects of ag water rights, as well as how irrigation methods can influence the historic consumptive use of a water right.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, through the Ag Water NetWORK; serves as a convener of water stakeholders from the agriculture, conservation and public sector interests in delivering meaningful dialogue and services to agriculture water right holders. The webinar will be the second in a series of webinars hosted by CCA aiming to increase the knowledge of ag water right holders, as it relates to navigating complex water laws and the obstacles posed by competing water-related interests.

The webinar speakers are Kevin Rein, Deputy State Engineer of the Colorado Division of Water Resources; and Bill Trampe, lifelong Gunnison County rancher and member of the Gunnison River Basin Roundtable.

Topics to be discussed include: Does increasing irrigation efficiency conserve water? Can the historic consumptive use of a water right be affected by installing a more efficient irrigation system? Is there a difference between the amount of water diverted and the amount of water put to beneficial use? If less water is diverted due to an irrigation efficiency upgrade, what are the return flow implications? What is an augmentation plan? How do return flows influence the timing of water movement through a watershed?

Webinar Details The webinar will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, and is free to attend. Participation instructions are available by contacting the CCA office at (303) 431-6422 or contacting Erin at erin@coloradocattle.org.

About Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water NetWORK Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA) is the premier cattlemen’s association that serves as the principal voice and advocate for Colorado beef production by ensuring a dynamic and profitable industry that promotes growth and opportunity for future generations.

The mission of the Agricultural Water NetWORK is to help “keep ag water connected with ag land.” The Ag Water NetWORK is partially funded through a grant to Partners for Western Conservation/Colorado Cattlemen’s Association by the Walton Family Foundation (www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org). For nearly three decades, the Walton Family Foundation has continued the philanthropic vision begun by Walmart founders Sam and Helen Walton.