December 29, 2006: Southwestern Water Conservation District to Acquire Water Rights (Durango Herald)

The Southwestern Water Conservation District, apparently unable to persuade the city of Durango to reduce the amount of water it wants for a kayak course on the Animas River, moved Thursday to acquire water rights itself. By a 5-1 vote, district board members authorized its attorney and engineer to ask for 30,000 acre-feet of water annually to satisfy the needs of users upstream who don't have court-decreed water rights, as well as to meet future demands. To view the full story visit the Durango Herald website at