Modern technology meshes with century-old irrigation systems | Western Colorado

In his truck, as he makes his morning rounds of the Mesa County Irrigation District, Dave Voorhees checks a program on his computer tablet that shows him where each property lies, who owns it, and where headgates and laterals are located.

That’s important, because the Mesa County Irrigation District is a complicated system of canals, headgates, public and private laterals. Its boundaries sometimes overlap with other systems.

Voorhees is the only ditch rider and the manager for the Mesa County Irrigation District, known as MCID. The district provides water to some 1,200 acres of property between De Beque Canyon and

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