Archive - 2011

November 14th

November 12, 2011--Water for everyone (Cortez Journal)

An undertaking of unprecedented proportions in Montezuma County, the Dolores Project was built to capture the anemic loss of spring snow melt and store the lifeblood of most communities and farms in Montezuma and Dolores counties. Although the $500 million project is still being paid off by water users and taxpayers, it forever changed the landscape, lifestyle and economy of the area.


November 12, 2011--McPhee brought McFun to the area (Cortez Journal)

While McPhee Reservoir was designed to provide water to the arid landscape of Southwest Colorado, the completion of the project also created a large playground of recreational opportunities in Montezuma and Dolores counties.


November 12, 2011--Dolores Project (Cortez Journal)

Southwest Colorado residents who arrived before the mid-1980s remember the landscape without McPhee Reservoir. They remember when the Dolores River passed under the bridge near Dolores and continued along its narrow way to the northwest, unimpeded by a dam.


November 11, 2011--Ready to recreate at Lake Nighthorse? (Durango Herald)

In a positive step for people eager to dip a toe into Durango’s newest lake, two city boards formally recommended that the city sign an agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation to manage Lake Nighthorse. If the city enters into the agreement, it would oversee administration, operations, ma


November 11, 2011--USA's drought costs exceed $10 billion (USA Today)

The nation's costliest natural disaster of the year — the drought across the South that's already cost the USA $10 billion — appears to be expanding its reach.


November 10, 2011--Boat owners find most docks taken at Vallecito Reservoir (Durango Herald)

Boat owners around Vallecito Reservoir will remain high and dry until they figure out how they want to challenge the Bureau of Reclamation over the removal of their docks. They got the news Wednesday at a meeting with agency officials in Durango. In attendance were representatives of Sen. Michael Bennet; Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez; and Wanda Cason from the office of Sen. Mark Udall.


November 10, 2011--Extended droughts may be recurring (Durango Herald)

A University of Arizona study says megadroughts – multidecade periods of drought – may be a recurring feature of the Southwest’s climate. The study to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters revealed a previously unknown decades-long drought period in the secon


November 10, 2011--Tipton taps water rights (Cortez Journal)

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, recently wrote a letter to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture raising concerns about a requirement for private water holders to sign their water rights over to the U.S.


November 10, 2011--Dolores water district will celebrate 50 years (Cortez Journal)

The Dolores Water Conservancy District will host a 50th anniversary of the formation of the district and the 25th anniversary of water deliveries to farms and towns from McPhee Reservoir at the Dolores Community Center with a barbecue dinner at noon, followed by a brief recognition ceremony.


November 10, 2011--Lawmaker alarmed at aquifer report (Pueblo Chieftain)

A state lawmaker wants to take a hard look at how much water is really available in the Denver Basin aquifers and how hard energy development will hit it. A new study by the Colorado Geological Survey and U.S.