RETURN FLOWS AT ISSUE IN COALDALE WATER CASE
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY ARK VALLEY VOICE
An engineering review of the CB Ranch water rights court case indicates the calculations filed by the Security Water District could be off by as much as a factor of three.
“Our calculations show a few differences from Security’s numbers,” Manera said. “The biggest difference is on return flows. In winter, they’re showing 30-acre-foot returns. We’re showing double to triple that.”
Return flows are the water that returns to the stream system after being used by the water right owner. In this case the CB Ranch diverted water from Hayden Creek to irrigate its alfalfa fields. Water not consumed by the alfalfa either evaporated or ended up in the Arkansas River as return flows