Southwestern Water Conservation District

April 11, 2014--Water supply concerns dominate regional seminar (Pine River Times)

With continuing population growth in Southwestern states and ongoing drought, water issues are becoming more and more about who has to cut back their use when there isn't enough to meet demand. That thread ran through presentations at the annual Water Seminar on April 4 in Durango, sponsored by the Southwest Water Conservation District.


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.


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.

SWCD Welcomes New Office Manager

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

February 7, 2014--Ellen Roberts’ bill to limit lawn size gains traction (Durango Herald)

An idea crafted in Durango to save water by limiting the size of suburban lawns survived its first test Thursday. The bill, dreamed up by local water engineer Steve Harris, has grabbed the attention of homebuilders, local governments, water suppliers and farm advocates.


January 31, 2014--Board votes to raise Lower Dolores flow (Cortez Journal)

A spirited debate before the Colorado Water Conservation Board in Denver Tuesday featured local officials expressing their opinions on a plan to increase flows on the lower Dolores River.


January 26, 2014--High desert turf wars (Durango Herald)

Probably no other plant can inspire more passion here in the West than the humble blade of grass. For many homeowners, a patch of lawn is a private sanctuary, a place to go barefoot and let the kids run. And to people like Steve Harris, a Durango water engineer, every new blade of grass represents a drop of water that once was used to water crops.


January 2, 2014--Water board chips in for McElmo Flume (Cortez Journal)

The McElmo Flume restoration project gained some traction recently when the Southwestern Water Conservation District board agreed to contribute $15,000 in matching funds pending approval of a grant. Montezuma County has applied for a $122,700 grant from the Colorado State Historic Fund to repair the flume’s foundation.


Trending Positive

The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) hosted a Weather Modification Work Session on May 30th in Durango. Participants and presenters from both the Upper and Lower Basin States were in attendance. After welcome and introductions, Larry Hjermstad, with Western Weather Consultants (WWC) provided a 2012-2013 operations summary.

18th Annual Children's Water Festival (Durango, CO)

05/01/2013 7:00 am

The 18th Annual Children's Water Festival will be conducted May 1, 2013 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. For more information contact the Southwestern Water Conservation District at (970) 247-1302.


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