Colorado Finalizes ALP Contract and Provides Recreation Grant

In June, the State of Colorado finalized a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to buy water from the Animas-La Plata Project. Colorado lawmakers authorized $36 million for the state's allocation of 10,460 acre-feet from Lake Nighthorse. In addition, in late July the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department (CPWD) announced that the City of Durango will get $285,000 for development of recreation at Lake Nighthorse. According to a Durango Herald article, that’s the lion’s share of $300,000 in federal pass-through funding from the excise tax on motorboat fuel. CPWD spokesman Randy Hampton stated “Our committee that makes grant recommendations had Durango as the number one priority.” Grant funds will be used for, among other things: an invasive species inspection station; a dock and buoys; access-road design; and the overall recreation master plan.