Long Hallow Reservoir

Long Hallow Reservoir History

Long Hallow Reservoir has a long, rich history. In 1915 Elmer Taylor conceived an idea to build a water powered flour mill near the outlet of Long Hollow Creek south of Red Mesa Reservoir.  At the time he determined there was adequate water from irrigation return flows and enough drop to power a mill. In 1922 he filed for the rights to use 17 cubic feet per second of water from Long Hollow and Government draws to a point directly above the mill site.  From there it would drop into a large pipe and turbine to power the mill. By 1924 the project was finished and the Long Hollow Milling Company (commonly referred to as the grist mill) was in business.


The embankment of Long Hollow dam is complete, construction of the project is finished, and a ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted for the Bobby K. Taylor Reservoir (Long Hollow Reservoir) in Red Mesa on October 2nd. The ceremony was hosted by the La Plata Water Conservancy District and the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA).

June 19, 2014--Ceremony marks completion of Long Hollow dam (Durango Herald)

A ceremonial load of dirt was dumped Thursday to mark the end of construction of the Long Hollow dam here. The brief topping-out observation was attended by members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, which helped fund construction, and Brice Lee from La Plata Water Conservancy District, which sponsored the project.

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.

April 10, 2012--Long Hollow Project is many years overdue (Cortez Journal)

The agreement between Colorado and New Mexico that governs how water on the La Plata is shared is the La Plata River Compact, established in 1922. It is the oldest compact in the state.

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.

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