Welcome to the Water Scam

Find out what's going on in the Grand Valley and across Western Colorado 

Whoever puts his trust in me, as the scripture says,


Colorado River Compact, 1922


Present perfected rights to the beneficial use of the waters of the Colorado River System are unimpaired by this compact. 

The 1.1 million acre feet of AGRICULTURE WATER on the West Slope that was apportioned  before 1922 are unaffected by a compact call.

Guess who has Colorado River water rights that are junior to the Grand Valley?

Denver Water and Nothern Water (Boulder, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Greeley and Longmont)

Any Questions?

The whole point of obtaining a water right is to protect the owners desired use against the impact of unknown future projects.

What's happening

WATER - our past and our future

The water rights in the Grand  Valley are among the oldest in the State of Colorado.  Colorado water law is unique in that it is baaed on prior appropriation, first in time is first in right. Our senior shares are worth their weight in GOLD.

The people who came to the Grand Valley in the late 1800's saw the great potential in this valley for agriculture. Through hard work, with shovels and horse drawn equipment, they ( farmers) dug the canals and laterals to carry the life giving water to their crops, orchards and livestock.   Cooperation and grit of the farmers and ranchers allow us today to enjoy the beauty  and prosperity of our agricultural beginnings.

Agriculture is a calling to those who do it. Most of the farm/ranch businesses in our valley are owned and operated by families. The ability to have an agrarian business and lifestyle should not be killed by corrupt  individuals, corrupt government officials and billionaires  that would like to market our senior water rights.

Illegally Fallowing Farm Ground

 The Grand Valley Water Users Association (GVWUA)  Manager,  Mark Harris, set up a program in 2016-17  to market the associations water.   Ten farmers, including current Board of Directors, were hand picked to fallow farm ground for compensation.  The water not used, Harris said, would be allowed to flow down stream to help fill  Lake Powell. Immediately a red flag went up. The information we received when we bought our land,  stated "the water is tied to the land and cannot be separated from that land" GVWUA Articles of Incorporation.

See GVWUA tab above for the complete Articles of Incorporation and the Letter of Violations outlining how the Articles of Incorporation are being violated.

Colorado state law requires  water apportioned in the state to be used in Colorado.  It is unlawful for the State Engineer  to knowingly  allow the water apportioned in this state to flow past the state line.  

 The state boards that control our water, Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado River District,  know about the illegal fallowing project and are aiding  with grants and rulings.  After all if you make the rules it is not illegal, right?

The Colorado  Attorney General's office who is the authority that upholds state law has also played a part in the illegal activity. 

 Mark Harris said funds to pay for the illegal GVWUA fallowing project came from the Federal Government  through grants from the Upper Colorado River Commission and the Bureau of Reclamation.   Non-government organizations, The Nature Conservancy,  Trout Unlimited and the Walton Family Foundation (Walmart) have also provided funding and in-kind services for the illegal activity.

 It is clear that the The Articles of Incorporation of the GVWUA,  the water laws of the State of Colorado and Federal law is being breached.

Mark Harris and the Board of Directors of the Grand Valley Water Users Association's  job is to take care of the canals and laterals, NOT to set up a WATER MARKETING program that puts our senior water rights at risk.

This not limiled to GVWUA


Who wants our water?

Eastern Colorado

With the enlargement of Gross Reservoir by Northern Water ( a coalition of six Northern Colorado cities: Boulder, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont and Loveland) in Boulder County underway  and plans to build the Chimney Hollow Dam and Reservoir in Larimer County,  called the Windy Gap Firming Project,  more West Slope water will be illegally diverted to the Front Range of Colorado.


Our senior agriculture shares and Shoshone Power Plant water rights are wanted by the Eastern Colorado  MUNICIPALITIES  and BILLIONAIRES (WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION)  who see a profit in MARKETING water which serves 31 million people who live in the Colorado River Basin. 

Water diversion from the Western Slope was addressed by the Federal  Government in Senate Document 80, 1937.

 The Blue River Stipulation and Decree, 1955, addressed the East vs West transmountain diversions.

It's not drought that is effecting the quality and quantity of the Colorado River  it's the 27 TRANSMOUNTAIN DIVERSIONS! 


Governor Hickenlooper endorses stealing more water from Western Colorado and so does Senator Cory Gardner.


This link no longer works but the title says it all.  See what Cory Gardner says about the project under News on the navigation bar.


60% of the Colorado rivers headwaters are diverted east



580,000 acre feet of water is diverted from the Western Slope of Colorado through 27 Transmountain Diversions annually to  Denver, Boulder and beyond. They have 60% of the headwaters of the Colorado River and want more.


The talking point about the West Slope agriculture using 80% of the water from the Colorado River is a lie. The Eastern municipalities are already taking 60% of the headwater of the Colorado River through 27 diversions.

 100 %  Colorado River headwater

-60% Transmountain Divrsions to Eastern Colorado

= 40% left for Western Slope Agriculture AND COLORADO RIVER COMPACT COMPLIANCE! 

If you take more water out of the River for Gross Reservoir and Chimney Hollow, how do you meet  the Colorado River Compact Compliance?  

ANSWER: You Don't!  It's not about Compact Compliance.

 It's about control of water that is relied upon by over 31 million people!

Why is Western Colorado unaware of this critical issue?

The Managers and Board of Directors of the Grand Valley Project, Grand Valley Water Users, Orchard Mesa Irrigation District, Palisade Irrigation District and Mesa County Irrigation District, are working through closed board meetings, not open to the shareholders or public. 

The local media including TV and newspapers are aiding the illegal activity by not telling the full story or giving misinformation, lying in both cases.


Through the web and social media we can get the TRUTH out. 

Wall of Shame - using public trust and funds to undermine

Grand Valley Cooperators

People who live in the Grand Valley and are participating in the diversion and marketing of Western Colorado's water rights.

Mark Harris, Manager of GVWUA

Luke Gingerich, J U B Engineering

Mark Hermandstad, Esq, Kirstin Kurath, Esq, Janie VanWinkle, Colorado Cattleman's Association Representative 

Max Schmidt, Manager Orchard Mesa Irr. Dist.

 Mel Rettig, Bruce Talbot

State Appointed/ ElectedOfficials

 They know and are involved. Shame on you 

Governor Hickenlooper, Citizen Advocate(REALLY?)

Eric Kuhn- Former Director Colorado River District

Andy Mueller- Director Colorado River District

Colorado Water Conservation Board

Colorado Attorney General Office, 

Mike King- Dept of Natural Resources, 

Kevin Rein - Colorado State Engineer, 

CSU Extension Service

Federal Government

Bureau of Reclamation,

James Eklund- Colorado Representative, Upper Colorado River Commission, Grand Junction office of the NRCS

US Senator Cory Gardner, Colorado

Grand Valley Water Users Board of Directors 2017

The fox guarding the hen house!

 President Joseph C Bernal, Arthur Donoho,

 Victor Thopmson, Carol Traynor, D Kim Albertson, Andrew Arpke, Melvin Crider, Marty Basinger,

 Troy Latham, John Potter, Troy Waters

The Board members participated in and received payment for the fallowing project also known as Conserved Consumptive Use Pilot Project (CCUPP). According to Colorado State Law (CRS 7-128-501 - "conflicting interest transaction" means: a contract, transaction or other financial relationship between a nonprofit corporation and a director of the nonprofit corporation) THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE ENGAGED  IN CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACCORDING TO COLORADO LAW.


 The problem is not limited to GVWUA. 

Other water associations/districts in the Grand Valley not allowing shareholders to be involved in decisions or attend board of directors meetings as required by state law (CRS 37-41-114 - All meetings of the board must be public).  

The elected/ appointed officials at the State level and the government workers at the Federal level are again looking out for their own interests and/or political agendas, not following the rule of law or redefining law to fit their agenda.

The associations, districts, government, elected or appointed positions, who are there to lookout for the interests of the water shareholders and citizens of Colorado, are in fact doing the opposite.  Funds collected from the water shareholders  are being used to pay  the wages of the managers who  are working to market our water rights!

Water Association/Districts in who are providing in-kind services and $$ to fund illegal fallowing

 Grand Valley Water Users Association - without the knowledge or consent of the shareholders!

Orchard Mesa Irrigation District

Palisade Irrigation District

The Southwest Water Conservation District

Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association 

Ute Water Conservancy