Comparative profitability of irrigated cropping activities for temporary water transfers
In response to a projected gap in water supply and demand, Colorado's Water Plan calls for up to 50,000 acre-feet of temporary water transfers from agricultural to municipal and industrial uses by 2030. Water stakeholders, however, want to avoid buy and dry scenarios, implying that a portion of agricultural water-right holders' consumptive use (CU) should remain available for on-farm agricultural production. Alternative Transfer Methods (ATMs) represent the regulatory mechanisms that enable temporary water transfers without permanent drying of agricultural land. To participate in an ATM, water-right ...
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