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- 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
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After decades of planning and years of construction, Lake Nighthorse filled in June 2011! The reservoir reached the top elevation of 6,882 feet on June 29th, storing a total of 123,541 acre-feet.
People & Organizations
In May the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) conducted three weeks of test releases at Lake Nighthorse. Test releases accomplish two objectives, first-fill engineer Tyler Artichoker said.
The City of Durango is currently considering whether they will take on the management of recreation at Lake Nighthorse. According to Cathy Metz, Director of the City Parks and Recreation Department, the most critical issue is whether the proposed phased development is financially feasible. “We have to make sure that use fees cover the costs,” she said.
The City of Durango has only a week’s reserve of water. Therefore, in 2005, they requested that the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA) reserve a portion of Animas-La Plata Project water in its name.
In the late 1980s the City of Durango became the first community in the nation to construct a whitewater park. The park was state-of-the-art at the time, but has since lost some of its prestige to newer parks.
In May the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) approved a grant-loan package for the Lake Durango Water Authority.
Ryan Christianson has been selected as the new Bureau of Reclamation Group Chief of the Southern Water Management Group in the Western Colorado Area Office. He takes the place of Pat Page who took a position as Deputy Construction Engineer at Reclamation’s Four Corners Construction Office in Farmington, New Mexico. Ryan has been with Reclamation for 13 years—fi
Meghan Maloney, River Program Director for the San Juan Citizens Alliance (SJCA), left her position in late May 2011.
According to a new study by scientists at Stanford University, the tropics and much of the Northern Hemisphere are likely to experience an irreversible rise in summer temperatures within the next 20 to 60 years if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continue to increase.
A recent U.S.
While above average snowpack in parts of the West has given states in the Colorado River basin some relief from drought, water officials caution there's still work to do to keep water running in the future.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board will begin a pilot research project in Southwest Colorado this summer to further investigate droughts’ impacts on the recreational tourism industry and possible solutions to the problems caused by dry years.
Water Quality / Conservation
In a final attempt to stop a controversial project to mine uranium near two Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico, a Navajo environmental group is taking its fight to the global community.
When Sunnyside Mining Company ended operations in Silverton in 1991, it negotiated a court decree to plug mine outlet tunnels, including the main access, the American Tunnel, with bulkheads. But the bulkheads raised the subterranean water level tremendously, increasing pressure that created drainage in nearby mines that had been mostly dry.
As mountain snow melts, toxic acid laced with dissolved metals such as arsenic, cadmium, copper, and zinc are fouling Colorado watersheds. Among the casualties: state environmental officials also have listed 32 sites along the Animas River in critical condition. The source of the contamination is abandoned mines—about 500,000 across the West, at least 7,300 in Colorado.
According to research results published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the pristine state of unpolluted waterways may be their downfall.
The Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC) was created in 1948 as part of the passage of the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact.
The Hermosa Creek River Protection Workgroup’s discussions about how best to manage the 100,000-acre Hermosa Creek watershed north of Durango began in 2008 and wrapped up in early 2010.
According to a recent Durango Herald article, Judge Gregory Lyman tossed out several gas companies’ applications for water rights in a ruling that could strengthen the hands of landowners in negotiations with drillers. Judge Lyman’s ruling is the latest development in a long struggle concerning water rights and gas drilling that began in 2007.
In May, the Idarado Mining Company announced it was recalling water rights it had conditionally deeded to the Town of Telluride in 1992.
Bruce Whitehead, Executive Director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District, as well as the District’s representative to the Colorado Water Congress State Affairs C
There was a meeting of the four west slope roundtables on May 26th in Grand Junction with nearly 100 in attendance. Agenda topics and topics of conversation centered around:
The following provides a summary of a May 26th memo issued by Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) Director John Stulp to roundtable members, the IBCC, and CWCB:
Over the last
The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Water Information Program would once again like to thank the many individuals, agencies, and service groups for their contribution to the success of the 16th Annual Children's Water Festival which was held May 4th at Fort Lewis College.
The Annual Water 101 Seminar will be held October 7th in Pagosa Springs! Keynote speaker will once again be Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs. The course qualifies for continuing education credits for realtors and lawyers.
The Town of Uravan, located along the lower San Miguel River in Montrose County, was the site of active radium mining in the 1910s and 1920s. From 1936 to 1984 uranium and vanadium mining occurred.