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GREELEY, Colo. – Lawmakers in Colorado say they want a study of groundwater issues in the northeastern part of the state where farmers have been banned from pumping from their wells for several years.
But farmers and local officials there say this historic drought is an emergency and the governor should use his executive authority to bypass the judiciary.
Now an estimated 200 farmers have met in a show of solidarity, signing a statement to the government that if they are not allowed to turn on their wells and irrigate their crops they will not be able to pay taxes next yea
Several farmers testified that if the state did not give them the ability to pump within a matter of days they would be in danger of losing entire fields.
Gene Kammerzell, who operates a large nursery, said that he doesn’t have enough water to keep crops alive.
“Without turning on the wells, I have an $8.34 million dollar crop in jeopardy unless we get substantial rainfall in the next 10 days.”
He went on to point out that the volume of groundwater in the aquifer they were seeking to pump from consists of 10.5 million acre-feet. One acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons.
“The governor has the authority to order the wells turned on based on his authority to declare the imminent possibility of a disaster whether natural or man-made and this certainly qualifies,” he said. “The groundwater issue is man-made because of the wells being shut down. This is a very real disaster today and the government has a responsibility to protect people in times like this.”
County officials stated they agree with the farmers and plan to take swift action.
WND previously reported on the issue that has been created by the state Supreme Court’s decision in 2006 to order 440 wells shut down and another 1,000 curtailed.
Originally posted by Wolf321
In Colorado, do land rights not include water and mineral rights?
This notion has been on my mind lately. It seems to me that if you can own land, you own it and everything in it.
The issue is easy to remedy. If the farmers own the land and the wells to pump from, pump the water and be prepared to defend their land if someone comes to shut it off. Nothing like a national headline "Farmers at gunpoint" to save their crops, their livelihoods, and their property to get American's pissed off.