Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title The Benefits To Be Derived From The Colorado Big Thompson Water Diversion Project By The Wellington, Colorado Area
Author(s) Graves, Lynus C.
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1950
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geography
Abstract The purpose of this thesis is an attempt to analyse the agricultural problems of the Wellington, Colorado area and to contemplate the possible increase in farming dependability in the future. The possible increase in the dependability is based upon the supplementary water to be derived from the Colorado Big Thompson Water Diversion Project. A survey of the conditions existing in the area was made end contrasted with conditions that would probably exist after the additional water supply was received. A survey was made of the soil conditions in the area and it was found that if these soils receive enough water they will produce very well. The past trouble has been undefendable water supply end not soil conditions. Farming methods are up to date and adequate, markets are readily available, and yields have been good in the wetter years. Despite these conditions, however, a precarious farming economy exists at the present time. The main problem confronting the area is that of an undefendable water supply. This point is exemplified by contrasting the crop yields during a sufficiently wet year tilth yields of a dry year. Water from the Colorado Big Thompson Project will approximately double the present average water supply of the area and therefore greatly increase the dependability of crop production each year. This primary problem, however, does not constitute the entire handicap of the area in terms of maximum efficiency. The erosion and soil damage exist, and may be greatly increased after additional water is received. This is found primarily In the areas underlain by an impervious shale formation. This area causes rapid run-off of water which ultimately drains to lower lands, causing over-irrigation on these lower lands. In some cases, alkali flats develop there and the soil Is made infertile and useless for further cultivation. Other problems are of minor consequence and probably can be overcome in the course of time. The additional water supply will certainly be the main factor in aiding the area to approach its maximum efficiency. The facts indicate that there can be no doubt that the area will benefit greatly by the additional water and that farming efficiency, and particularly farming dependability, will increase considerably. There may be changes in the method of farming, in the typos of crops grown on certain lands, and in the entire cultural pattern of the area, but this Is pure conjecture and will have to await proof after the water supply has been received and the newer farming conditions have been present for a time.
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