Glossary of Terms
The amount of water needed to cover one acre to a depth of one foot.
Augmentation: Supplementing the water
supply of a stream affected by well depletion, in order to protect senior
water rights on a stream. Augmentation puts no water in the well. It is
not designed to recharge
Augmentation Certificate: A document
representing the ownership of an augmentation water right.
Basin: A region drained by a single
Beneficial Use: Under Colorado State
Law, uses to which water can legally be applied (agriculture, domestic,
municipal and industrial).
Blue Line: Defines the area within
which the District's blanket augmentation plan might benefit.
Consumptive Use: Water that is withdrawn
through :evaporation and transpiration, incorporated into products or
crops, consumed by humans or livestock, or otherwise removed from the
immediate water environment.
Groundwater: Water beneath the earth's
surface, often between saturated soil and rock, that supplies
wells and springs.
Native Water: Water arising within
a basin or drainage (eg. the Arkansas River Basin).
Priority System: The relative seniority
of a water right which determines the right to divert the water in relation
to other rights in periods of limited supply.
Project Water: Water from the transmountain
diversion from the Frying Pan River to the Arkansas River Basin, officially
called the Frying Pan Arkansas Project.
Stream Depletion (evapo-transpiration):
Losses of water to a stream or river caused by well use, evaporation or
Surface Water: Water that flows in
streams, rivers, natural lakes, wetlands, and reservoirs.
Transmountain Water: Water whose
source is from an adjacent basin (eg.Western Slope water).
Watershed: The region draining into
a river, river system or other body of water.
Well Permit: A permit to drill a
well issued by the Colorado Division of Water Resources.
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