La Plata Water Conservancy District

September 15, 2016--Lake Nighthorse to Dryside pipeline construction begins (Durango Herald)

Standing on a slope above Lake Nighthorse on a sunny Wednesday morning, La Plata Water Conservancy District President Brice Lee told a crowd of about 50 water stakeholders, “Water is like geological time. It goes on and on.” For decades, water storage and supply infrastructure in Southwestern Colorado have been slow-moving, underfunded dreams.


Huntington Passes

Long-time A-LP Project advocate Lawrence R. Huntington of Hesperus, CO passed on March 7, 2015, he was 96. Lawrence was born in Durango, raised in Hesperus, and graduated from Durango High School. After graduation he drove a propane delivery truck from Cortez to the San Luis Valley. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II where he served in the 2nd Armored Division (Hell on Wheels) and five major campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge. Lawrence returned home to the family ranch and diligently worked the land for his entire life. He was married to Leola Bacus in Gallup, NM in 1946. She preceded him in death in 1965. Together they raised their four children and he served his community on various boards to include: Basin Coop, Durango 9-R Schools, Farm Credit System, La Plata County Cattlemen’s Association, La Plata County Fair, La Plata Electric Association, and the La Plata Water Conservancy District. He married a high school classmate, Margaret O’Brien McDonald, in 1966 and she, too, preceded his passing in 1997. He is survived by his four children, two siblings, three stepchildren, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, as well as extended family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the La Plata County Cattlemen’s Scholarship Fund.


April 28, 2014--Long Hollow to the rescue (Durango Herald)

Construction of the dam designed to corral 5,100 acre feet of runoff from two modest streams in this arid section of La Plata County is expected to be completed in July – two years after groundbreaking. Long Hollow Reservoir will be a water bank against which irrigators in the area can draw.


April 28, 2014--Legislature to fund Long Hollow project (Durango Herald)

A Southwest Colorado water district can expect $1,575,000 from the Legislature to help build a dam just off the La Plata River. It’s one of the few water projects statewide the Legislature is funding this year.


May 21, 2013--New reservoir to give farmers a breather (Durango Herald)

In this arid corner of La Plata County, the trite observation that every drop of water counts is more than a cliché. It’s gospel. It’s logical then that the dam under construction a mile or two south of here to hold back water against hard times is a popular project.


La Plata Water Conservancy District’s Long Hollow Reservoir Groundbreaking

There was a long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for Long Hollow Reservoir on July 10th. The project is a key component in an effort to store water for Colorado ranchers and help satisfy the state’s La Plata River obligation to New Mexico.


La Plata Water Conservancy District and Longhollow Reservoir

After more than 20 years of planning, the La Plata Water Conservancy District approved an escrow agreement in mid-February that allows groundbreaking for Longhollow Reservoir. The reservoir will be located just five miles north of the New Mexico state line.


February 19, 2012--County’s thirsty land to be quenched, soon (Durango Herald)

Brice Lee is smiling. The approval of an escrow agreement allows the La Plata Water Conservancy District to break ground on the Longhollow Reservoir. “It’s been 15 or 20 years,” Lee said Friday.


January 25, 2010--A-LP association accepts operation of water system (Durango Herald)

The sponsors of the Animas-La Plata Project are taking on the operation and maintenance functions of the water-delivery system instead of hiring an independent contractor. An association created by the sponsors signed a contract Dec. 30, 2009, with the Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the project facilities.

La Plata Water Conservancy District--Long Hollow Update

The Long Hollow Reservoir (Reservoir) project took a significant step forward on October 23, 2009, when the Notice to Proceed was issued to GEI Consultants, Inc. to begin the design alternative study for the Reservoir.


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