With four million dollars in grants at stake, the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District is in search of more farmers to participate in the Super Ditch lease-fallow program and an engineer to assist farmers in upgrading their irrigation systems. The LAVWCD discussed the crisis in the work session at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The area has been a leader in development of more efficient irrigation systems and compliance with the longstanding Kansas-Colorado ruling over water rights.

The conservancy district has also filed a statement of opposition to the Lower Arkansas Water Management Association action selling water from the valley to Colorado Springs. The conservancy district believes the end result of the sale will be transferring too much water out of the valley and loss of control of water rights.

The proposed budget for 2020 was presented by Brenda Fillmore, budget officer. It was a conservative budget.

“The financial outlook for 2020 is positive,” said Fillmore.