Carver Ranch in Mesa County was bought in the 1970s by Ute Water District for its water rights.
Credit Maeve Conran
Carlyle Currier, a 4th Generation farmer in Mesa County. He leases land that had been bought by a local water authority. The land didn't dry out because Currier has other water rights he can use on the land. That case is the exception.
Water has always been a source of conflict in the arid West, but in recent years the conflict between agriculture and growing cities has escalated as both entities compete for this limited resource. KGNU’s Maeve Conran has this story as part of our year long series Connecting the Drops.