The St. Vrain & Left Hand Water Conservancy District acquired the Copeland Lake property and 100 acre feet of water decreed to the reservoir. The District is using Copeland Lake as a permanent source of augmentation water for the District’s Augmentation Plan and has this water right adjudicated in the application for a plan for augmentation that was filed in Water Court on December 31, 2002.
The final decree was entered by the Water Court on December 19, 2007. The District entered into a lease with the National Park Service to manage the property consistent with the purposes of Rocky Mountain National Park. The lease has been renewed annually.
Colorado-Big Thompson Units
The District has acquired 271 units of Colorado-Big Thompson Project water which has been leased annually to ditch companies to help supplement water supply in the basin.
The District owns one share of Longmont Supply Ditch Company stock and has acquired one share of Bonus Ditch stock, .75 share of Oligarchy Ditch stock and one share of Lake McIntosh stock which will be used to replace depletions to the river. The District also acquired 95 shares of Left Hand Ditch Company stock from the City of Longmont. These shares will be included in the District’s Plan for Augmentation. Select water rights will be used to obtain other permanent replacement sources in regards to the Augmentation Program. The shares will be used to firm the yield of the District’s existing water rights. Also the District will look to water rights which can be directly used to meet augmentation requirements of our plan.