The Waggener Farm is an irrigated family farm located in Weld County just outside the town of Berthoud. In addition to conserving significant water rights, conserving Waggener Farm helps to protect the iconic view of Longs Peak and Rocky Mountain National Park on the road into Berthoud.
Phase 3 of this project adds 156 acres to the existing conservation easement, bringing the total to 463 acres. With the additional acreage comes a significant amount of the most senior water rights in Northern Colorado. This easement also includes flexible water-sharing language that allows the landowner to lease some of the water to other local users in dry years. Having access to leasable water relieves pressure on municipalities to “buy and dry” other area farms.
Photo by Matt Tobler.