Section 37-92-50 I (4)(b)(II), C.R.S. (2009), requires the State Engineer to establish criteria for the beginning and end of the Water Division 3 irrigation season for all irrigation water rights.
Policy 2010-01: Regarding the Annual Establishment of the Irrigation Season dates in Water Division 3 by the Division Engineer is designed to codify historical and current practice by setting forth methods currently used by the Division Engineer to establish irrigation seasons, and the criteria considered relevant to his office. It is also designed to provide guidance to water rights holders for the use of their water. Finally, this policy does not allow irrigators to expand the current use of their water rights.
The most recent irrigation start or end dates that have been established are posted in the local newspaper in Alamosa and also listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Water Resources, Division 3 Office at (719) 589-6683.
End of Irrigation Season 2015
November 1, 2015: All areas of the San Luis Valley except in the La Jara Creek drainage area.
TBD: Irrigation structures in the La Jara Creek drainage area.