HENRYLYN IRRIGATION DISTRICT FACTS
Henrylyn diverts its water rights at the Burlington Head-works, through the Burlington Canal, then through the O’Brien Canal to Barr Lake where the Denver-Hudson Canal bifurcates and continues to Horse Creek, then Prospect Reservoir. Henrylyn’s 33,000 acres are divided into three divisions. Division I is 3,000 acres (all in Township 65 West) that receive their supply of water from Barr Lake (under pro-rata allocation of Henrylyn's 560 shares of FRICO and 123 shares of Burlington); Division 2 is 20,000 acres (all in Township 64 West) that receive their supply of water from Horse Creek Reservoir; and Division 3 is 10,000 acres (all in Township 63 West) that receive their water from Prospect Reservoir and a small portion of it from Horsecreek.
Henrylyn is a statutory irrigation district and performs those duties identified in the Irrigation District Act of 1905. Henrylyn owns its water rights in trust for its landowners. An irrigation district does not issue stock share certificates, rather owners of land within the boundaries of the district are entitled to a proportional share of all available water for that year. Each acre included within the boundaries of Henrylyn is taxed by the County Treasurer and is called an "acre right." To compare an irrigation district to a mutual ditch company you need to think "landowners" instead of "shareholders" and "acre-rights" instead of "shares." Henrylyn's manager sets a "prorate" each spring, which he can change during the season if conditions warrant. A fifty-percent prorate means each acre-right is entitled to delivery of one-half of an acre foot for that season. When the water season starts, irrigation water is released from storage for delivery to the landowners. In good years, the District's direct flow rights may be in priority and additional water is then delivered to each acre-right. This direct flow water is called "no-charge" or "free" water as it is not charged against a landowner's prorate allocation.
Henrylyn owns various direct, storage and exchange water rights dating from its prorata share of the 1885 Burlington decrees, to decreed priorities from 1909, 1910, 1911, 1922, 1976, 1982, 2002 and until 2007. Henrylyn, along with Burlington and FRICO, shares in the operation and maintenance of the Burlington Head-works, Burlington Canal and O’Brien Canal. Henrylyn operates and maintains the fifty mile long Denver-Hudson Canal, four reservoirs (Horse Creek, Prospect, Lord and Olds), several hundred miles of supply ditches, laterals and over 300 delivery head-gates.
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