Typically, the snow run off fills up ditches and farmers are able to irrigate their crops, but that's not the case this year. Farmers say the surface water could run out at any time and their options for taking care of their fields will be limited.
"It's a huge issue, I consider water more valuable than gold. We can't survive without it," Glen Fritzler, a Weld County farmer said.
Fritzler and his family have been farming for generations. He says it's all he knows and it's the only job he would want to do. But, now that the surface water supply is running out, Fritzler says his only option is well water. But even that is limited ever since the drought in 2002.
"We cannot operate our wells like we have in the past or like we need to to grow out produce," Fritzler says.
Fritzler says farmers are restricted on how much well water they're able to use. It's the reason Representative Randy Fischer sponsored House Bill 1278 that would free up funds for a private study. It would determine if the use of well water by Weld County farmers would affect other's who depend on the supply.
"What we're asking for is the opportunity to prove that we're not damaging people with senior rights, Fritzler said"
Representative Fischer says if nothing is done with the bill during Monday's legislative session, it will likely die. That means there won't be much hope for farmers and the cost of Colorado produce will likely go up. But, Fritzler says the cost to farmers could be in the millions.
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