Hearing on May calendar for annual NRD rules, regs

Irrigators will have chance to comment May 8 during meeting

    While rule changes are minimal overall this year,  the rule on transfers gained the most attention from the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) board.
    Irrigators will get to comment on the proposed changes during a hearing at the NRD’s next meeting Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
    Over the last several years, the board has been approving transfers of allocation from one tract to another under an existing transfer rule.
    What the board did in this year’s rules and regs proposal is put into policy what they have already been doing.
    The first change clarifies that allocation can be transferred from one pool to another when a change of ownership occurs. A pool is defined when an irrigator combines allocations so that it can be used on any of the acres in the pool.
    The rule also clarifies the requirements when transferring allocation more than six miles from the donor site.
    The rule requires the receiving tract to have a lower streamflow depletion factor than the donor acres.
    Streamflow depletion typically drops when pumping is moved away from the vicinity of streams and rivers.
    The transfer of allocation must be made to a tract with certified irrigated acres that has no allocation, or transfer an amount allocation that does not exceed 125 percent of the allocation on the receiving tract.
    Jasper Fanning, URNRD manager, said this provision was added to avoid stacking allocation on the receiving tract. That means the 13-inch allocation on the receiving tract can only be increased another 25 percent to 16.25 inches, per actual irrigated acre, as a result of the transfer.  
Five-year, 65-inch allocation

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