Pine River Irrigation District

Shuffield New PRID Manager

Brian Shuffield is the new Superintendent of the Pine River Irrigation District (PRID) at Vallecito Reservoir north of Bayfield. He began his work there earlier this year. Prior to working with PRID, Brian was employed with Western Energy Services of Durango.

PRID Installs New Bubbler System

The Pine River Irrigation District (PRID) recently installed a bubbler system at Lake Vallecito. The system prevents freezing around the rubber seals of the flood gates and the gates themselves.

January 27, 2014--Water finally flows in subdivision in south-central area (Durango Herald)

It was a long time coming, but potable in-house running water has become reality in a south-central La Plata County neighborhood. The La Plata Archuleta Water District, officially formed in August 2008, and on Thursday it marked the first delivery of water at the home of Lucas and Brittney Avery in the Silver Hills subdivision off County Road 510. The recognition was symbolic.


October 28, 2012--State grant furthers water district project (Durango Herald)

The La Plata Archuleta Water District, preparing to break ground on its first pipeline network, has received $500,000 from state sources to further the project. A Colorado Water Conservation Board grant will cover $475,000, with the remainder coming from the Southwest Basin Roundtable’s share of the Water Supply Reserve Account. Ground breaking is scheduled Nov. 13.


Pine River Irrigation District Quarterly Meeting

07/17/2012 7:00 pm

The Pine River Irrigation District quarterly meeting will be conducted at the Oxford Grange--818 Highway 172 in Ignacio. For more information contact (970) 884-2558.


November 14, 2011--Operator of marinas defends his monopoly (Durango Herald)

The operator of the two marinas at Vallecito Reservoir said owners of private docks that have been removed from the lake were illegally operating money-making businesses. Area dude ranches, lodges and people who own a few cabins for guests undercut his business by acquiring lakefront property and installing a dock, Stan Folsom said Friday.


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.


Court Sides with Pine River Ranchers

As recently reported by the Durango Herald, a divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water-rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for the King Consolidated Ditch Company and seven others. The companies wanted to make sure their 1930s-era rights are protected against a plan to fill Vallecito Reservoir twice a year in order to maintain winter flows in the river. “This ruling gives certainty and security to farmers and ranchers out there that they can continue diverting,” said Geoff Craig, a lawyer for the ditch companies.