Temporary Water
Leasing Program

KBRT has been assisting landowners in temporary leases of their water rights to an instream beneficial use since 2002. These transfers usually occur for a 4-year lease, and the value of the water is determined by a water-appraisal process.

Many times, temporary leases accompany an overall ranch plan which can include dryland cropping and a rangeland management plan as well as off-stream stock watering facilities.

The temporary lease program enables a landowner to test new irrigation , crop, and grazing management aimed to reduce the irrigation needs of basin water users. Upon completing the term of the temporary leasing the program, the landowner is under no obligation to continue to a permanent water transfer, but many opt to.