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PREAMBLE

  • The Company, its directors, and its shareholders recognize that water is precious in the Western United States and a scare commodity that enhances the value of the land to which it is applied. The water rights of the Company are valuable and vital assets of the Company and its shareholders. It is important that the water available be used cooperatively by the shareholders of the Company so that each shareholder receives his or her full entitlement. The Company was formed to facilitate the cooperative use of water by the shareholders and to enforce the rights of each of them to their allocated entitlement.

Ditch & Reservoir Company

  • Duly elected Board of Directors

  • Preserve irrigation water rights

Associated with ALR

  • DELIVER IRRIGATION WATER TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS

  • SHAREHOLDERS

    • 37 SHAREHOLDERS

      • 36 LOTS

    • 632 SHARES

  • 1000 AF OF WATER STORAGE​

    • BUCKLES - 33 AF

    • HARRIS - 205 AF

    • SPENCE LAKE - 441 AF

    • SAPPINGTON LAKE - 320 AF​

Dues are $30 per share

  • POA has 74 shares

  • Irrigate approximately 550 Acres

21 Miles of ditches

  • About 1/2 of the ditches are in the National Forest

What should you know about ALDRC

  • Colorado, use it or lose it. 

  • Most water rights are for STORAGE/TRANSPOST of water for AG Irrigation

  • Spence Reservoir includes recreation, fishing, and domestic use 

  • In a recent court filing, water DISTRICT 7 advised against expanding rights in Coyote-Boone ditch to include livestock and wildlife water

  • Dams receive state inspections​

    • Annual for Spence and Sappington​

      • An emergency response plan is required for Spence and Sappington Lakes​

    • Every 5 years for Buckles and Harris

Benefits to all Property Owners

  • Grazing / AG Zoning​

    • Irrigation of 550 AC and availability of irrigation water for livestock is significant in our ability to lease grazing land​

  • In order to qualify for many grants, you must have an agricultural product

  •   SPENCE LAKE FISHING/RECREATION

Benefits to Drinking Water System

  • Augmentation plan - 55AF of irrigation water supploed to Navajo River Basin in drought if called by state

  • Backup to drinking water, if needed, per agreement between Ditch Company and POA

  • Perculation to ground water

What ALD & RCo requests property owners association board

  • Recognize the benefits all property owners receive from the ditch company 

  • Recognize that these benefits are paid for by the 37 Ditch Company Shareholders / 36 lots

  • In all BOARD decisions, consider the affect on water rights & irrigation

  • If the agricultural product disappears, so can irrigation water

  • The board may need to develop a "vision" for the ranch to guide decision making

    • This includes Dams in Reserve Study or otherwise covering major dam repair

      • per earlier request

    • Be open to discussions on financial benefit each property owner receives

      • from irrigation and how they could share in the financial expenses of the Ditch Company