Seasonal Ditch Riders
Be advised that if you live, work, and play near open space property you may see ditch companies inspecting ditches and performing routine maintenance in the coming weeks and months. In Colorado, private entities purchase water rights and develop storage and delivery systems for their members, generally for irrigation purposes. Those with stock in a ditch company pay an annual fee that covers the use and maintenance of the ditch system, including the service of a “Ditch Rider” who is responsible for regular maintenance and operation of the ditch. You will likely see these Ditch Riders driving slowly along the ditch banks in unmarked trucks and other small, motorized vehicles. These individuals are legally allowed to be in the open space and are performing their job.
However, if you happen to witness dirt bikes, side-by-sides, or other motorized vehicles in our open space, likely traveling at higher rates of speed (and not along the ditch) these vehicles probably should not be in the area. Please report any of these types of sightings to our non-emergency dispatch line at 303-441-4444.
More information on ditches in Colorado can be found at www.watercolorado.com.