- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Neighbors are waiting to see what will happen to their water supply after the sales of Fort Lyon farms were finalized last week.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (https://bit.ly/1hw5Run) Pure Cycle Corp. sold 14,600 acres of farms on the Fort Lyon Canal to Arkansas River Farms LLC, an affiliate of C&A; Companies, for $45 million.

Area farmers leased land and water from Pure Cycle Corp. for several years, and became worried about water supplies and the rising cost of land when the company announced plans to sell.

In 2011, a C&A; company proposed piping water out of Lamar Canal to the Front Range.

Company representatives have declined to comment.

Bent County Commissioner Bill Long says Arkansas River Farms is being closely monitored. He said any plans to move water outside the county will be opposed.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, https://www.chieftain.com


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