Southwestern Water Conservation District

February 26, 2016--Settlement reached over rights to Animas River water (Durango Herald)

A settlement over diversion and storage rights to Animas River water was rubber-stamped this week, ending more than two years of negotiations and laying the groundwork for regional entities to develop water projects. The decree, signed by Chief District Judge Gregory Lyman, effectively divides a large water right between the Animas-La Plata Project and the Southwestern Water Co

WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

At their December 9th Board meeting the following grants were funded by the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD):

-   Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) and Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company (MVIC): The DWCD and MVIC requested a $25,000 SWCD grant in support of an initiative of the two water boards and counties for a redraft by David Robbins of Hill and Robbins, P.C. of the proposed National Conservation Area (NCA) legislation on the lower Dolores River as an alternative to current Wild and Scenic Suitability from McPhee Dam to Bedrock. A total of $25,000 will be raised from DWCD, MVIC, as well as Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel, and Montrose counties.
-  Study to Determine Potential Colorado River Call Impacts to West Slope: At the December 18, 2014 meeting of the Four West Slope Basin Roundtables held at Ute Water in Grand Junction, various attendees cited the need for technical data so that the Four Roundtables could better discuss issues surrounding future Colorado River development and the risk to current water users. This also came up for each Basin Implementation Plan, and as part of the IBCC conceptual agreement for transmountain diversions. The River District would like SWCD to join in their request to the Four Roundtables to support technical data development by the two Districts. The purpose is to create a common platform to have fruitful discussions on the West Slope regarding Colorado River development. SWCD was asked to contribute $10,000 to this study, along with $10,000 from the River District, and $8,000 from each West Slope Roundtables for a total of $52,000 in funding. 

Animas-La Plata Project Water Rights Settlement

In November, a settlement was reached by several local agencies with a stake in the Animas-La Plata Project water rights. In late 2013, the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) filed for conditional to absolute and continued diligence for the remaining portions of the water right held for development of the Animas-La Plata Project. Several agencies filed statements of opposition. Among them were: the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; San Juan Water Commission; La Plata Water Conservancy District; and the Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance and Replacement (ALPOM&R) Association. Since then, these agencies have been hashing out the details of the administration of Lake Nighthorse storage rights, as well as the future of irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses along the Animas and La Plata rivers. The settlement agreement and proposed decree were entered with the court during a November hearing. The agreement was complex, but resulted in portions of the water right being transferred to the ALPOM&R Association for the Project as built, and SWCD retaining portions of the water rights for future uses as previously decreed including irrigation.

December 11, 2015--Lake Nighthorse water-rights settlement pushed to Jan. 15 (Durango Herald)

A ruling on the settlement agreement reached last month in the years-long Animas-La Plata Project legal battle over water rights to Lake Nighthorse was continued to Jan.

Southwestern Water Conservation District Meeting (Durango, CO)

12/08/2015 9:00 am

The Southwestern Water Conservation District meeting will be conducted at the District's office (841 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO). Excluding any executive sessions that may need to be conducted, the meeting is open to the public.

October 16, 2015--Locals seek work on flume (Cortez Journal)

Two local contractors have submitted the low bids to do the work on the historic McElmo Flume project on U.S. 160 next to the fairgrounds. It was reported at the commission meeting last week that D&L Constructors bid for the parking lot is approximately $198,000. Western Triad submitted a bid to stabilize and rebuild the steel-and-concrete foundation of the flume for $109,000.

WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

At their June 9th Board meeting the following 9 grants were funded by the SWCD:

September 29, 2015--Water users seek ways to avoid forced cutbacks (Pine River Times)

The nightmare scenario for West Slope water nerds is a "call" on the Colorado River, meaning that Colorado, Wyoming, and Northwest New Mexico are not delivering a legally required amount of water to California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. If or when that happens, some water users in the three Upper Basin states will have their water use curtailed so that the Lower Basin sta

September 21, 2015--State agrees to improve flows on Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

Colorado’s top water board agreed Tuesday to improve flows on the Lower Dolores River to boost the health of the river and its native fish. The Colorado Water Conservation Board will seek an in-stream flow right of up to 900 cubic feet per second on the Lower Dolores below its confluence with the San Miguel River. In-stream flows are designated by the board to preserve an

WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

At their May 9th Board meeting the following grants were funded by the SWCD:

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