Spring 2014

Top Stories

Contribute to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on Your Taxes

It’s already tax season, and while you may not enjoy sending in your income taxes, you can feel good about where some of your money or tax refund is going by participating in the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Tax Check-Off Program.

People & Organizations

Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District

The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) wanted to once again remind customers that they now offer AquaHawk Alerting. It is a free service that will allow customers to efficiently manage their water use.

SWCD Welcomes New Office Manager

Welcome to Laura Spann, the new office manager for the Southwestern Water Conservation District.

Lochhead Recives Aspinall Award

At their annual conference in January the Colorado Water Congress awarded Jim Lochhead, Denver Water CEO/manager, the 2014 Wayne N.

CDWR’s Wolfe Lends Assistance to Jordan

In late 2012, the Colorado Division of Water Resources received an unexpected inquiry from water offi

Chadwick New San Juan Forest Supervisor

Kara Chadwick, Assistant Director for Forest Management for the U.S.

Connor Named Deputy Secretary of Interior

In late February the Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael Connor to be the Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department.

López Nominated Next BOR Commissioner

Estevan López, a professional engineer with over two decades of experi

Gimbel Appointed BOR Deputy Commissioner for External & Intergovernmental Affairs

Bureau of Reclamation acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley recently announced Jennifer Gimbel has been named Reclamation’

Colorado Water Congress

The Colorado Water Congress conducted their Annual Convention in January with more than 300 in attendance.

Dolores Water Conservancy District, by Michael Preston

There is a lot going on these days that could affect the Dolores Project and many recent events have received newspaper coverage.

La Plata Archuleta Water District

In January the La Plata Archuleta Water District, officially formed in August 2008, marked the first delivery of water at the home of Brittney a

Current Events


As anyone who has heard or seen the news this first quarter of 2014 can tell you, drought topped the list of current event coverage. Allow some of the following headlines to illustrate:

Water shortages: What to expect in the future (February 17, 2014--Arizona Republic)

Water Quality / Conservation

Mussels Moving West of the 100th Meridian

Zebra and quagga mussels are a freshwater shellfish that have spread like an aquatic plague

Biologist Discovers Safe Way to Kill Zebra Mussels

According to a March 1st Star & Tribune article,

Endocrine Disruptors

According to a mid-February Huff Post article, it is now recognized that humans can be exposed to endocrine disruptors through drinking water.

CSU Receives $2.2M for Water Quality Efforts

Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways.

Water Law

Public Trust Doctrine

As the water management sector had anticipated, Phil Doe and Barbara Mill-Bria introduced a Public Trust Doctrine (PTD) Initiative #83 in February to the Colorado state legislature.

Energy and Water

Water and Power

According to a January KVNF radio report, it takes water to produce electricity, but how much water varies a lot depending on the fuel source and the power generating technology.

Roundtable Update

Statewide Roundtable Summit

The Colorado Statewide Roundtable Summit was conducted in Denver on March 6th. There were more than 300 in attendance.

WIP News

Cartoon Series Begins

With this issue of the WIP newsletter we are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of water cartoons.

SWCD 32nd Annual Seminar April 4th

The SWCD’s 32nd Annual Seminar will be conducted April 4th at the DoubleTree Hotel (501 Camino Del Rio) in Durango.

Save-the-Date: May 7, 2014 19th Annual Children’s Water Festival (Durango, CO)

The 19th Annual Children’s Water Festival will be conducted May 7, 2014 at Fort Lewis College. We are anticipating that more than 700 fifth grade kids will participate this year.

Save-the-Date: June 26-27, 2014 Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop (Cortez/Dolores, CO)

This will be the third annual Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop.

WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

At their February 2014 Board meeting the Southwestern Water Conservation District approved the following grant applications: 
  • Animas Valley Ditch & Water Company $30,000 for emergency repair of serious damage to the Animas Valley Ditch that occurred as a result of the severe thunder/hail storms on September 18 and 22, 2013 in the Animas Valley.

Water History

McElmo Creek Flume

The Montezuma Valley is naturally arid, but by the early 1880s had become a place of great pro

Miscellaneous Facts

Pagosa Springs Geothermal Hotsprings

Did you know that Southwest Colorado, Pagosa Springs to be precise, is home to the world’s deepest geothermal hot springs and is now liste