Who owns ditch shares today?


Who owns ditch shares today?

150 years ago, all users of ditch water were private property owners. Today, every incorporated ditch taking water from Boulder Creek has one or more cities or large institutions owning a significant number of shares.

Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont, Superior, Erie, and Broomfield have been buying ditch shares for decades. They go to court to shift ditch water into municipal water treatment plants to supply their rapidly growing populations. This has reduced flows in many ditches.

Source: Data reported from individual ditch companies.


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