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•Fall landowners meeting to discuss 2019 operations.
•Anticipated for the third week in October.
•Fall landowners meeting to present the final drafts of the Re vegetation Agreement and potentially a Release Agreement.
•Decision needs to be made shortly after the fall meeting.
•Develop Revegetation Plan for 2020 and following years.
Background on the Project
In 2001 Pueblo West Metropolitan District purchased the water rights to Hill Ranch in Chaffee County, Colorado. This purchase was filed in water court for a change of use of the water rights; case 01CW152.
In 2006, an agreement was reached between Chaffee County and Pueblo West settling several issues between the entities. These issues included detailing the revegetation obligation on the land, providing for a weed-free environment, and requiring the landowner to do the irrigation of the revegetation activities as per the covenants. On January 4, 2008, a decree for the change of use of water rights (case #01CM152) incorporated verbatim the requirements agreed to by the County and District in the 2006 Settlement Agreement. Since the 2006 agreement, several modifications have been made in the form of amendments:
2019 Revegetation Program
The goal of the 2019 Program is to focus on developing information using various revegetation methods and techniques on various plot locations to develop larger scale future planning for all remaining Hill Ranch fields.