One alternative to the traditional purchase and transfer of agricultural water is lease-fallowing. HB13-1248 encourages development of lease-fallowing pilot projects under the direction of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR). The Criteria and Guidelines developed for HB13-1248 specify that the Lease Fallow Tool (LFT) be used to evaluate potential lease fallow pilot projects. The LFT was developed to simplify and streamline the evaluation of historic depletions (consumptive use) and return flows from irrigation and the review of lease-fallowing projects. The LFT was developed by the CDWR and Colorado State University (CSU) under the direction of the Lease Fallow Tool technical committee with funding from the CWCB, UAWCD, SEWCD, LAVWCD, PBWW, and CSU.
Please refer to the User’s Manual to install the LFT. An install file is available to install the LFT along with the prerequisite Matlab R2014a MCR on Windows 32 and 64bit computers. However, if the MCR or a previous version of the LFT has already been installed, it is recommended to download a zip of the most current LFT files and copy new files into the LFT folder. The LFT and files will be updated periodically.
Links: Install 32bit / Install 64bit / Files 32bit / Files 64bit / Previous Versions
Important Note: Although the MCR should be installed to its default location, the LFT itself should NOT be installed within the “Program Files” folder (recommended C:/LFT, etc.)