Are groundwater conservation easements the next big thing?

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Conservation easements have become a tool used to protect wetlands and streams where surface water is at risk. These voluntary, legal agreements run with the land and permanently limit uses of the land to protect conservation values.

As reported by Colorado Public Radio, a new type of conservation easement is being employed as a water management tool: Groundwater conservation easementsOpens in a new tab..

Colorado Public Radio highlights a farm in the San Luis Valley which is ending 150-years of operations to help save groundwater in an area where wells may go dry due to aquifer depletion.  The easement agreement was made with Colorado Open LandsOpens in a new tab., a 501(c)3 nonprofit land trust whose purpose is to protect Colorado’s land and water resources. The organization works primarily with private landowners to place voluntary conservation easements on their property.

Resources: Published research and articles, and toolkits containing educational materials about private lands conservation in Colorado.Opens in a new tab.




Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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