Our water, for irrigation, comes about because of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Project. The project has one storage dam, several diversion dams, 128 miles of canals, 438 miles of laterals and 216 miles of drains.
The project canal runs right by our road and is the source of all water for our crops and my yard and garden.
Usually the water isn’t turned on until closer to the 30th of March, but when a grower calls
for early water (because of raising onions or lettuce) the water is turned on early.
I love the canal, I love hearing the music of the water as is trips along on its way to the states of Arizona and Nevada and California. I think of it as a friend, one who goes away for the winter and then comes back bringing life to our farms.