September 9, 2016--Mancos water district continues reservoir title transfer (Cortez Journal)

This summer, the Mancos Water Conservancy District has continued investigating a possible title transfer for the Jackson Gulch Project, Superintendent Gary Kennedy said Wednesday. The district has been pursuing a transfer of ownership from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, so that the district could be the sole owner of the reservoir project. It’s a lengthy process that could take five years or more and requires an act of Congress, Kennedy said. One issue with the transfer is what would become of federal lands that have been withdrawn to become part of the project, Kennedy said. “Our concern is that if we took the title, that land would stay with the project, instead of going back to the Forest Service,” he said. The MWCD board also has had general discussions about other issues regarding the transfer, including liability. No funds have been committed to the title transfer, and the process is still in baby steps, Kennedy said. Either party — the Bureau of Reclamation or the MWCD — can withdraw from the process at any time, he said. To view the full article visit the Cortez Journal.