Fourth-generation farmer Kent Peppler will have a hard time securing irrigation water this year. The ongoing drought has forced cities to hold on to their supplies, which means Peppler will have to fallow some of his fields in Mead, Colo. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

Fourth-generation farmer Kent Peppler will have a hard time securing irrigation water this year. The ongoing drought has forced cities to hold on to their supplies, which means Peppler will have to fallow some of his fields in Mead, Colo. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They’re scrambling to find irrigation water, made scarce by the region’s persistent drought. In eastern Colorado, thirsty cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, selling what they don’t need back to farmers. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, the agreement only works when water is plentiful.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

2 Responses to Drought Years Challenge Water Agreements between Cities and Ag Land

  1. Nicole Rosa says:

    Yet we seem to have an unlimited supply of water for the oil companies to use for fracking. Go figure.

  2. Cyndy Kulp says:

    Yes, Nicole, good point…. no mention of gas and oil operations in this piece and all the water they require for fracking, water that is then poisoned and needs to be disposed of forever. If cities are gobbling up water before farmers can get it, then perhaps we should look at what they are then re-selling to frackers. I understand that in Greely, the trucks pull up to the city hydrants every day to fill up! Surely this is causing local farmers to suffer even more.

News

AP
February 8, 2016 | NPR · The earliest polls in New Hampshire primary opened in Dixville Notch, Millsfield and Hart’s Location. Dixville Notch, won by John Kasich, boasts of a streak of correctly predicting the GOP nominee.
 

Getty Images
February 8, 2016 | NPR · Sighs aren’t just signs of resignation, relief or the blues. Involuntary sighs are vital to lung health, say scientists who think they have figured out the brain circuitry that controls the reflex.
 

February 8, 2016 | NPR · Mueller was an aid worker in Syria when she was taken hostage in 2013. Her death was confirmed in February 2015. The woman charged in Mueller’s captivity is in Iraqi custody.
 

Arts & Life

AP
February 8, 2016 | NPR · We talk about the game, the quarterbacks, the halftime show in which Coldplay was hopelessly outshined, and lots more.
 

February 8, 2016 | NPR · After NPR’s Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
 

February 8, 2016 | NPR · The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; “Language is a very messy thing,” she says.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
February 9, 2016 | NPR · For decades, the Americana singer has been known for her gritty, gutsy songs. The Ghosts Of Highway 20 takes listeners to the American South, a place she associates with her late father.
 

YouTube
February 8, 2016 | NPR · Filmmaker and writer dream hampton says that Beyonce’s provocative new video is “about a black future [where] we are imagining ourselves having power and magic.”
 

Courtesy of the artist
February 8, 2016 | WXPN · The garage-rock-loving Nashville country singer has music in her blood. Hear and download two songs from her new album.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab