December 20, 2007--Land, water swap proposed to buoy wildlife area (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Bureau of Land Management will consider swapping up to 2,700 acres in western Rio Grande County in exchange for water needed to augment well pumping on the Blanca Wildlife Habitat Area. The water rights for 190-acre feet of water annually from the Anderson Ditch in Monte Vista would go toward a state-mandated augmentation plan for the ground water wells that feed the Blanca, roughly 10 miles northeast of Alamosa. "We'd prefer to buy this water outright, but we're a cash-strapped agency with a lot of land," Divide District Ranger Tom Malecek said.

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