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Alternative Agricultural Water Transfer Project

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Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000401634

Bid Title: Alternative Agricultural Water Transfer Project

Agency Bid No. Title: P15-29

Received Date: 10/26/2015

Close Date: 11/18/2015

Purchase Type: Not Stated

Delivery Point: Larimer County, Colorado

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Questions Due By 11/10/2015 10:00 AM


Specifications include, but are not limited to:The Consultant will undertake the tasks listed below:Task 1: Farm viabilityThe purpose of this task is to establish criteria for selecting properties for preservation, establish aninterruptible supply agreement, and provide objective guidance for selecting farms that will be the subject ofthe pilot program. The factors include, but are not limited to, LCOLPs priorities, costs, location, and waterrights. Below are some of the considerations that will be used when selecting a property to acquire and/orpreserve:A. Open space/farm attributes - Use existing Open Lands selection criteria to evaluate a potentialpropertys attributes. Various factors are included such as aesthetics or scenic qualities, communitybuffers, agricultural productivity, soil types, connections with other agricultural and/or conservedproperties, environmental attributes, recreational amenities, historical significance, geological interests,paleontological importance and threats from development.B. Water rights - Develop selection criteria to determine the suitability of a farms water rights for an ATMproject. Criteria may include a water rights priority, reliability, ditch by-laws (ability to transfer wateroutside of the ditch system), infrastructure (e.g. well, sprinklers, head gates), groundwater levels andopportunities for on-site augmentation (i.e. wetland recharge project).C. Water delivery considerations - Determine the practicality of delivering the farms water to aparticipating M&I water provider. Considerations will include but are not limited to exchange potential,infrastructure (e.g. pipelines, storage, etc.) and location of raw water facilities.D. Financial considerations - Develop selection criteria to determine if the investment in a particular farm isfinancially viable and sound. For the alternative transfer mechanism to be successful, the farm must becapable of supporting itself over the long term. The project team will evaluate the farms operationaland financial viability from on-going agricultural activities. Cash flow and debt capacity will be keyelements, as will asset valuation.Task 2: M&I water provider financial considerationsLCOLP has discussed this concept with several M&I water providers in Northern Colorado and have receivedhigh levels of interest in participation. The purpose of this task is to determine which water provider would beappropriate and willing to participate in an ATM pilot program given the variety of potential water rightscharacteristics, farms and the M&I water providers system and needs (including such factors as water deliveryconsiderations, future water needs, C-BT caps, water quality and treatment considerations and ability to pay).Financial implications of alternative future supplies will need to be ascertained.Task 3: Water supply contract termsThe purpose of this task is to work with the parties to develop a mutually acceptable water supply agreementor contract between the owner of the land and the M&I water provider. In this task, LCOLP and the consultantteam will negotiate with the participating M&I water provider to determine the specific terms of the water supplycontract. This will include:A. Determine the trigger that implements the interruptible supply (i.e. 3 out of 10 years, snowpackconditions, water supply conditions, timing, etc.).B. Agreement on each partys costs (e.g. purchase price of water, Water Court costs, etc.).C. Delivery of water to the M&I provider.D. Determination of (potential) payment to farmer or landowner during fallowing years, including weedcontrol.E. Water accounting responsibilities.F. Other responsibilities assumed by the parties.

Product Codes: 94400, 92642

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: County of Larimer

State: Colorado

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Les Brown 200 West Oak Street, Suite 4000, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80522

Phone: 970-498-5955




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