Harshest possible penalties handed down for URNRD meter violations
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Landowners who were actively bypassing irrigation water flow meters will suffer the harshest penalty possible—permanent retirement of irrigation on the affected land.
In a special meeting Tuesday, June 22, members of the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) board handed out the sanctions after more than five hours of discussion and deliberation.
The board permanently retired irrigation on 1,476.4 acres and retired another 779.4 acres for 10 years, along with the loss of all carryforward. The board levied sanctions against a total of 3,971.85 acres.
Bruce Kramer of Wauneta lost 432.1 acres, which was located south of Wauneta.
Jack Bond of Greeley, Colo., lost irrigation rights forever on 818.3 acres, along with a 10-year retirement and loss of any carryforward on another 533.4 acres. These acres were also located south of Wauneta.
Randall Bond of Greeley, Colo., lost all irrigation rights on 226 acres plus a 10-year retirement and loss of carryforward on another 246 acres. This ground was located in southwest Perkins County.
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