Gravity irrigation ditch

July 19, 2011

Len Pettinger opens holes on the sides of a gravity irrigation ditch to divert water onto one of the Alfalfa hay fields on his farm in Brighton, Colo., Thursday, June 30, 2011. "It's a very sad, sad, sad, sad commentary," Pettinger said about the recent State Supreme Court ruling affecting the amount of water farmers in the area can use. "All I wanted to do is hang on to pass it on to the family. But what's there going to be to pass on now?"

Len Pettinger opens holes on the sides of a gravity irrigation ditch to divert water onto one of the Alfalfa hay fields on his farm in Brighton, Colo., Thursday, June 30, 2011. “It’s a very sad, sad, sad, sad commentary,” Pettinger said about the recent State Supreme Court ruling affecting the amount of water farmers in the area can use. “All I wanted to do is hang on to pass it on to the family. But what’s there going to be to pass on now?”

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