Change of Use in Colorado: Maximizing the Value of Irrigation Water Rights

Change of Use in Colorado: Maximizing the Value of Irrigation Water Rights

Very often municipalities either own a senior irrigation water right or are considering the purchase of a senior irrigation water right and need to understand the potential yield of the right in a ‘change of use’ case in Water Court. A change of use case is when a water right is changed through the courts to another use such as an irrigation right being changed to municipal, or commercial, use, or to be used for augmentation.

Change of Use in Colorado: Making Municipal Water Supplies Available From Irrigation Rights

Change of Use in Colorado: Making Municipal Water Supplies Available From Irrigation Rights

Given the current and expected future growth, municipal water suppliers are looking more and more to agricultural water rights to meet their growing demands. Since these senior water rights can only be put to beneficial use based on their decreed uses, to utilize these water rights for municipal purposes, or any purpose other than the decreed uses, a change of use case must be adjudicated in the Colorado Water Court.

Michael O'Grady Brings Environmental Permitting Experience to LWS Team

Michael O'Grady Brings Environmental Permitting Experience to LWS Team

Mike O'Grady has joined Lytle Water Solutions as a Senior Project Manager.  Mr. O'Grady is the former Principal and co-founder of States West Water Resources Corporation in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has acted as the Project Manager in acquisition of state and federal permits for dam projects within several western states, including all major dam projects constructed within Wyoming since 1980.