Oct 29, 2010 2:47 PM by Greg Boyce
The judge in the Division 2 Water Court in Pueblo, Dennis Maes, has approved new rules enacted by Colorado State Engineer Dick Wolfe that will allow the state to enforce and comply with the Arkansas River Compact.
The ruling clears the way for improvements, such as replacing flood and furrow irrigation with sprinklers and drip-irrigation systems. Kansas officials had expressed concern for several years that increased crop consumption allowed by such improvements would decrease water flow at the state line in violation of the compact.
The judge's order came after all 22 opposing parties withdrew their opposition following a three-year effort by the State Engineer's Office and the Office of the Attorney General to take into consideration water users' concerns and to directly address them.