Enhancing Communication and Reducing Uncertainty Between Local Government and Ditch Companies

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.

8:00 a.m.     Registration/Meet and Greet. Coffee and Breakfast Bakes

                      « Coffee Provided by Lisa Pfalzgraff, Water User’s of Lateral Ditch 110

8:30 a.m.     Roles of Ditch Companies/Irrigators and the Benefits to our Community

                       « John McKenzie, Executive Director, DARCA

8:45 a.m.     Certainty and Incentives for Ditch Companies – DARCA Model Land Use Codes

                      «John McKenzie, Executive Director, DARCA   

9:00 a.m.     Practical Legal Issues Affecting Ditch and Irrigation Companies

                      « Kirsten Kurath, Esq. Williams, Turner, Holmes, P.C.

9:45 a.m.     Break & Door Prizes

10:00 a.m.   City and County Planning Procedures for Building and Permitting Involving

                      Irrigation Canals and Structures

                      « Brian Rusche, Senior Planner, City of Grand Junction

                      « Linda Dannenberger, Director, Planning Division, Mesa County

10:30 a.m.   County Noxious Weed Program: Prevention for All

                       « Teresa Nees, Coordinator, Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management

11:00 a.m.   The Building Blocks to Effective Communication

                       « Lisa Pfalzgraff, Water User’s of Lateral Ditch 110   

11:30 a.m.   Drainage Issues in the Grand Valley

                      « Mark Harris, Board Member, Grand Valley Drainage District

                      « Phil Bertrand, Superintendent, Grand Valley Irrigation Company

                      « Max Schmidt, General Manager, Orchard Mesa Irrigation District

12:30 p.m.    Lunch & Door Prizes

                       « Provided by Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and Grand Valley Water Users’ Association