- About WIP
- Participating Entities
- Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Empire Electric Association
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- Harris Water Engineering
- High Desert Conservation District
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- La Plata Archuleta Water District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- La Plata West Water Authority
- Mancos Conservation District
- Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company
- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD)
- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- Town of Silverton
- Town of Telluride
- Regional Water Projects
- Animas-La Plata Project (Lake Nighthorse)
- Animas River Stakeholders
- Cloud Seeding Program
- Dolores Project (McPhee Reservoir)
- Dry Gulch Reservoir (Pending)
- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Mancos Project (Jackson Gulch Reservoir)
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
- Rio Blanco Restoration Project
- River Protection Work Group
- Water Information
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Ernest House Sr. was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident outside of Cortez on September 17th; he was 65.
People & Organizations
The Animas-La Plata (ALP) Project tribute garden was dedicated during a ceremony on October 21st.
A joint Bayfield/La Plata Archuleta Water District (LPAWD) water treatment plant would cost substantially less than if LPAWD builds a separate plant from scratch. That was the key result of a feasibility study presented to Bayfield town trustees in August.
On November 1st, Durango voters will be asked to approve $4 million in debt to allow the City of Durango to purchase 3,800 acre-feet (AF) of annual water supply from the Animas-La Plata Project (ALP).
Under the most recent proposal, and according to a recent Durango Herald article, the city can take charge of recreation at Lake Nighthorse and not lose money. Phase 1 of the plan calls for the park to open in 2012 and projects total revenue of $161,900 and total expenditures of $161,165. Park visitors could pay $5 per vehicle for a day pass or $50 for an annual pass.
Upgrades at Jackson Gulch reservoir are complete as of October 21st. With 2010 federal appropriation funds of $1.75 million, 1800 feet of pipe was installed at the reservoir.
The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) was awarded a $100,000 USDA-Rural Development Grant last fall to help members save energy and explore renewable energy options. The funds are designated to assist rural small businesses, specifically irrigators and water companies, with energy audits and renewable energy development.
A new Guinness World Records achievement was verified on August 20th at the Pagosa geothermal hot springs, measuring the deepest in the worl
According to a Durango Herald article, the largest gold producer ever in Silverton, Sunnyside Gold Corporation, has offered $6.5 million toward cleaning up toxic waste leaking from one of its mines.
Water Quality / Conservation
Colorado is proposing to control nutrients in water for the first time. Nutrients, mainly nitrogen and phosphorous, are essential for plant and animal growth, but they can create algae blooms that steal oxygen from aquatic life.
Biologists with Colorado Parks and Wildlife say they continue to find new signs of aquatic invaders in Colorado waters, including New Zealand mudsnails, which showed up in East Delaney Butte Reservoir this summer.
The San Miguel River, a 70-mile ribbon of water that flows from the north side of Wasatch Mountain to a desert canyon in Montrose County, isn’t a river that experiences huge flows. Even during spring runoff, the river normally stays below 1,500 cfs, and in winter months, it drops to less than 100 cfs.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) recently introduced a bill aimed at streamlining the process to approve federal small conduit hydroelectricity projects.
The Southwest Basin Roundtable (SBR) conducted their last quarterly meeting of 2011 on October 12th in Cortez. In addition to discussion of Roundtable business, to include fund balances both at the local and state levels, two new SBR representatives were elected.
The Sixth Annual Water 101 Seminar was successfully conducted on October 7th in Pagosa Springs. There were nearly 30 participants, many of whom were realtors and lawyers who received continuing education credits for their attendance. We were again honored to have Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs as the keynote speaker.
Rainfall in semi-arid Southwest Colorado is usually a blessing, but in 1911, it was another story after 36 hours of rain dropped 3.42 inches of rain in Durango and 4 inches in Silverton.