The Agricultural Ditch and Reservoir Company/The Golden Canal and Reservoir Company: Ditch Rider Position Available

The Agricultural Ditch and Reservoir Company and its subsidiary, The Golden Canal and Reservoir Company is seeking to fill the position of Ditch Rider. This position will require a motivated person who works well alone and with minimal supervision. Mandatory overtime is required from April 1st through October 31st.

The position will require the daily maintenance and cleaning of ditch trash racks, removal of vegetation and debris within the ditches and along their banks.  The position will require the use of small powered equipment such as chainsaws, brush cutters, trimmers and mowers   In addition, the position will require the operation of light equipment such as  mini-excavators, dump trucks and mowers.  The position will assist the ditch superintendent/manager with projects associated with the upkeep of the ditch system and its reservoirs.  The position will operate manual gates, valves and turn outs,  monitor diversion measurement structures, reservoir levels and piezometers and will respond to emergencies such as storm events, spills and flooding. 


Education and Experience Requirements: 

  • High School diploma or equivalent. 
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license with no restrictions and a good record.
  • A pre-employment drug screen and background check will be required.


Other experience and skills preferred, but not required:

  • Experience in construction, ditch operations, farm work, parks or grounds.

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Other benefits include 2 weeks paid vacation (during off season), employers contribution to 401K plan and health insurance.


Application forms can be obtained by appointment from the Company offices at: 12700 W. 27th Avenue, Lakewood Colorado 80215.  Please call 303-987-2166 to schedule an appointment.


Applications are to be submitted to either of the following:

  • Via email to
  • Fax: 303-237-5560
  • In person at 12700 W. 27th Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80215

For more information, call Peter Acker at 303-419-8978 

Water Law 101 at the Montezuma County Fairgrouds on April 2nd

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Division of Water Resource,
Montezuma Valley Irrigation, the Mancos Water Conservancy District, and the Dolores Water
Conservancy District will be hosting a 3 hour course titled Water Law 101.
The course is intended for all community members involved in any aspect of irrigation water and
who desire additional knowledge on their rights and responsibilities.
The information presented will assist water consumers in understanding the roles of the agencies
involved and the water districts they subscribe too.
Areas covered will include both civil and criminal ramifications pertaining to water law and
water usage. It is our desire to impart information onto the community in hopes of alleviating
conflict between stakeholders during the water season.
Location of Training: Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Meeting Room
Highway 160, East of Cortez Date and Time: 4/02/16 at 1:00 pm Please RSVP to Agricultural Deputy Dave Huhn at or

Follow-Up: Funding for Watersheds and Ditch Companies

Watershed Resilience Pilot Program

The Watershed Resilience Pilot Program is a holistic program designed to align watershed restoration and risk mitigation with community and economic development goals using a collaborative, multi jurisdictional, coalition‐of‐partners approach.

CDBG-DR funds support capacity building through watershed coalition staffing; multi‐objective planning, modeling, and conceptual design activities; and project implementation to address long‐term system improvements that build resilience in watersheds. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs administers these competitive funds in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Colorado Watershed Conservation Board (CWCB).

Approximately $32 million is available to watershed coalitions and their stakeholders, with approximately 80 percent of the funds being allocated to the hardest‐hit counties of Boulder, Larimer, and Weld.

Watershed Resilience Pilot Program

Privately Owned and Non-Profit Ditch Company Grants

This program provides assistance to private and non-profit ditch companies, as well as watershed coalitions, for ditch repairs and implementation of resilience measures. These services are vital to the economic recovery effort of agricultural businesses because of the dependence on ditch-delivered water in the semi-arid farming environment of Colorado, the economic impacts from damaged ditches are passed down to the low- and moderate-income farming demographic.

Privately Owned and Non-Profit Ditch Company Grants

DARCA Workshop at the Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention on Wednesday 25 January

Every year, the Colorado Water Congress has graciously given DARCA a 4 hour slot on the Wednesday of their January convention to present on topics of ditch company interest. It has been a great way to spread the ditch company word.   Over the years, the presentations have been varied and well received. We will be having two presentations in Jan, but you will need to register with the CWC to attend their convention, and not through DARCA. Click here to visit the registration information. The theme of this years CWC convention is Connectivity . The approach is less about who our speakers are and more about who our members are.  What we need to prepare for as we constantly strive to be effective in a world where the rules seem to be constantly changing.  The program is available here: 2017 AC Program

DARCA will be presenting two consecutive workshops at the CWC Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency DNC in Denver on Wednesday, 25 January. The first workshop, led by Chuck Adams (1UP Aerial Drone Services, Inc.), will about how ditch and reservoir companies can take advantage of new technology- specifically drones. The second workshop will be led by John McKenzie (DARCA Executive Director) and John Wiener (University of Colorado) and Brett Bovee (WestWater Research LLC). This workshop will be a discussion on the increasing role of ditch companies and the alternative transfer methods. The workshop will also present the DARCA ATM Handbook.
We look forward to meeting new faces and having a great discussion on Wednesday 25 January at the CWC annual convention in Denver!

Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Association’s 61st Annual Meeting

DARCA executive director John McKenzie will be speaking in a panel at the annual Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Association’s meeting in Rifle, Colorado on 21 January 2017 at 2:20 p.m. The panel discussion centers around water demand issues and the implications on Colorado water usage in agriculture. Topics include: Alternative Transfer Methods (ATMs), temporary water leases, and ecosystem services valuation.

The panel will be followed by a banquet at the Grand River Conference Center (Rifle Hospital) at 6:30 pm “SHARP!” for a prime rib dinner.

Water Tables – Jan 26

Water Tables 2017: Refilling the Leadership Reservoir
Thursday, Jan. 26, Denver, Colo.

Excellent leadership furthers the success of any organization or endeavor. Engage with experienced and emerging leaders in Colorado’s water community during intimate dinner conversations about leadership lessons, inspirations, and advice.

Good food, inspiring topics, and great conversations make Water Tables an annual highlight for many. Guests have their choice of table hosts on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Register now!

For more information, visit:

Water Tables is an annual fundraiser for the Water Resources Archive at Morgan Library, presented in conjunction with the Colorado Water Congress and the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

DARCA Workshop – November 19 in Grand Junction

DARCA Model Land Use Codes
Workshop series
November 19, 2016, Saturday
Building C/Mesa County Fairgrounds
Grand Junction, CO

Building on DARCA’s workshop in Grand Junction in November 2015, DARCA is holding a follow-up workshop this fall. DARCA members and the public are welcome to attend this free workshop. Please find time to attend if you use irrigation water in the Grand Valley. Public officials, irrigation related organizations, and individuals that have an interest in area ditches and irrigation companies will find the workshop useful.


Upcoming Model Land Use Codes Worksops

The Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) will be holding three workshops during the month of June on how local government and ditch companies can work more cooperatively. The first workshop, Ditch Companies: Enhancing Communication, Reducing Uncertainty, and Planning for a Prosperous Future will take place on June 3, Friday, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The subsequent two workshops will be held in Fort Collins on June 14 at the City of Fort Collins Utilities Office and in Canon City at the Four Mile Community Club on June 23. The public is welcome to attend these free workshops, and they run from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop will address how ditch companies and irrigated agriculture provide benefits to local communities in many ways. A wide variety of speakers have been invited to not only inform, but to solicit input from the agricultural and water communities. Representatives from local ditch companies, and city and county officials will point out the importance of working more collaboratively, and will discuss the needs of counties, cities, ditch companies, citizens, contractors, and developers. DARCA will present the updated version of its DARCA Model Land Use Codes. The Glenwood Springs workshop will also discuss Alternative Transfer Mechanisms (ATMs), and propose solutions that address the long-term concerns of ditch companies including their resource base, service area, shareholders, and community.

The Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance, a nonprofit organization established in 2001, is dedicated to serving the needs of mutual ditch and reservoir companies, irrigation districts, and lateral companies through its efforts of advocacy, education, and networking.

Please find time to attend if you are a ditch shareholder or own water rights. Public officials and individuals that have an interest in area ditches will find the workshops useful. Click here for information about the workshop series and click here to register.

Additionally, click here to read the latest DARCA Newsletter!

Thank you sponsors!

Dear Friends of DARCA:

The Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) is already working hard this year, helping Colorado ditch companies continue to prosper in the coming years. Last month, we held our 14th Annual Convention along with Four States Irrigation Council, a long established group of water providers from Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming. The two-and-a-half-day conference saw a wide variety of speakers that discussed many topics, including:

  • Ditch company & irrigation district issues
  • Technological updates
  • Updates from the top officials from each state
  • Creating water storage and dealing with permits
  • The future of irrigation
  • The future of farming

Overall, the convention was a huge success and provided a fantastic opportunity to expand everyone’s horizons by facilitating interactions between ditch companies and irrigation districts beyond our state borders. We urge you to check out our progress on the DARCA website, which has been fully reconstructed and updated with our current event schedule.

DARCA depends on its sponsors, not only for financing conventions, but also for operating expenses throughout the year. We are truly grateful for all the support we have received from the Colorado water community in the past and hope to continue with this support in the future.



Many Thanks to DARCA’s Sponsors:

Platinum Level ($2,000)

Colorado Water Conservation Board (Denver, CO)

F & W Insurance (Boulder, CO)

Gold Level ($1,500)

Applegate Group Inc. (Denver, CO)

Fairfield and Woods (Denver, CO)

Leonard Rice Engineers (Denver, CO)

Silver Level ($1,000)

Lyons Gaddis Kahn Hall Jeffers Dworak & Grant, PC (Longmont, CO)

Bronze Level ($500)

Agfinity Inc. (Eaton, CO)

Cache La Poudre Water Users Assoc. (Fort Collins, CO)

Hydroscreen Co. LLC (Denver, CO)

Joy Controls (Golden, CO)

Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District (Rocky Ford, CO)

Northern Water (Berthoud, CO)

Southwestern Water Conservation District (Durango, CO)

Supporting Level ($250)

Central Colorado Water Conservancy District (Greeley, CO)

Dynotek LLC (Arvada, CO)

Fischer, Brown, Bartlett & Gunn, PC (Fort Collins, CO)

Vranesh & Raisch, LLP (Boulder, CO)