Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company

June 10, 2015--May rains boost water outlook (Mancos Times)

The rains of May have continued into June and drastically improved irrigation supply in McPhee Reservoir. Low winter snowpack had led forecasters to believe that the reservoir would not fill enough for a full irrigation supply. In early May, farmers were told they would receive just 10 inches per acre, less than half their full allocation of 22 inches. But record rain and snow in


June 8, 2014--Local communities value McPhee, Dolores (Durango Herald)

The story titled “McPhee puts a plug in Dolores” (Herald, May 29) treats one of the most valued resources in Montezuma and Dolores counties in a manner that is judgmental and completely lacking in context.


June 6, 2014--McElmo Flume secures funding for stabilization (Cortez Journal)

It has been a long road, and there is still a ways to go, but the first step toward bringing the remaining section of the McElmo Flume back to life has a green light. The last piece of the puzzle for the initial stabilization phase of the project fell into place this week said Linda Towle, chairwoman of the Cortez Historic Preservation board.


August 9, 2013--Saving native fish (Cortez Journal)

A better understanding of the needs of native fish on the Lower Dolores river below McPhee dam is key to their survival, two fish biologists told local water boards recently. Jim White and David Graf of Colorado Parks and Wildlife briefed board members of the Dolores Water Conservancy District and Montezuma Valley Irrigation District on current surveys for the flannelmouth sucker, bluehead


July 21, 2013--Tempers flaring in Colorado over diminished irrigation water (Denver Post)

Sheldon Zwicker has been keeping an eye on irrigation ditches at his family's McElmo Canyon ranch since he was no taller than a cattail and was tagging along to help his grandfather water crops. The 68-year-old remembers farmers and ranchers getting hot under the collar about water disputes then.


July 17, 2013--City water diversion official after decades (Cortez Journal)

Don’t be alarmed. It appears all is calm — with no more ripples — for a year-old City of Cortez water rights request to resolve an issue with generational roots dating back to an oversight early in the 1950s.


April 16, 2013--Irrigators, rafters face bleak summer (Cortez Journal)

Area boaters have come to terms with the fact that another dry year has dashed any chance for rafting on the lower Dolores River this summer. But revised runoff forecasts and precipitation reports are predicting a situation for farmers and local fish populations that just keeps getting worse.


March 19, 2013--Water levels remain low (Cortez Journal)

When a wildfire suddenly broke out last Friday in Lory State Park, west of Fort Collins, Coloradans breathed an anxious, collective sigh: not again. The early season blaze stirred unpleasant memories of last year's trying fire season, which scorched about 385,000 acres in the state, according to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.


Magnuson and Higman Recognized by Colorado Division of Water Resources

Two managers of the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company (MVIC), Don Magnuson and Mike Higman, were recognized as co-Water Managers o


Magnuson and Higman Recognized by Colorado Division of Water Resources

Two managers of the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company (MVIC), Don Magnuson and Mike Higman, were recognized as co-Water Managers of the Year for 2012 from the Colorado Division of Water Resources.


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