Tough regulations of well pumping for Colorado farmers causing issues

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Tough regulations of well pumping for Colorado farmers causing issues

Harry Strohauer stands near one of the damaged areas in his field east of LaSalle, Colo. As a result of high ground water Strohauer has seen salt deposits like this form on the field, killing the crops in those sections.

Tough regulations of well pumping for Colorado farmers causing issues

Harry Strohauer stands near one of the damaged areas in his field east of LaSalle, Colo. As a result of high ground water Strohauer has seen salt deposits like this form on the field, killing the crops in those sections.

Tough regulations of well pumping for Colorado farmers causing issues

Harry Strohauer stands by a pipe that empties into a irrigation ditch from a nearby well at another of his fields east of LaSalle, Colo. This well has not run for years. Strohauer, like dozens of farmers along the South Platte River, has suffered from the effects of curtailed well pumping, the result of legislation, a Supreme Court case and battles with downstream surface water rights owners.

Tough regulations of well pumping for Colorado farmers causing issues

Harry Strohauer stands in a section of his field where the ground water has killed crops east of LaSalle, Colo. Strohauer, like dozens of farmers along the South Platte River, has suffered from the effects of curtailed well pumping, the result of legislation, a Supreme Court case and battles with downstream surface water rights owners.

Tough regulations of well pumping for Colorado farmers causing issues

A decaying shed houses one of the wells that has been shut off for years at Harry Strohauer’s field east of LaSalle, Colo. Strohauer, like dozens of farmers along the South Platte River, has suffered from the effects of curtailed well pumping, the result of legislation, a Supreme Court case and battles with downstream surface water rights owners.

Tough regulations of well pumping for Colorado farmers causing issues

A new notice sits on an old well at Harry Strohauer’s field east of LaSalle, Colo. The form indicates that the well must remained inactive.