Ranchers, Jeannette and Howard Moser, were introduced to Colorado Water Trust through a local water commissioner, Scott Hummer. They were beginning to scale back their operations and wanted to find a way to ensure their water rights would help keep their local river protected.
This project was Colorado Water Trust’s first project and first use of a market-based water transaction for the environment. We worked with the Colorado Water Conservation board to change the use of two of the ranch’s water rights to Instream Flow use, compensated the Mosers for their water, and permanently bolstered flows on fourteen miles of Boulder Creek and the Blue River.
Colorado Water Conservation Board, Jeannette and Howard Moser