Animas-La Plata Project

September 15, 2016--Lake Nighthorse to Dryside pipeline construction begins (Durango Herald)

Standing on a slope above Lake Nighthorse on a sunny Wednesday morning, La Plata Water Conservancy District President Brice Lee told a crowd of about 50 water stakeholders, “Water is like geological time. It goes on and on.” For decades, water storage and supply infrastructure in Southwestern Colorado have been slow-moving, underfunded dreams.


September 10, 2016--New Mexico water officials eye pipeline to Colorado lake (Farmington Times)

A water commission is eyeing a possible pipeline from a Colorado lake to northern New Mexico. The Daily Times reports San Juan Water Commission members will meet in October to weigh having the pipeline designed at an estimated cost of $10,000 to $15,000. Further study could cost up to $250,000. Lake Nighthorse in southern Colorado is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. The


February 26, 2016--Settlement reached over rights to Animas River water (Durango Herald)

A settlement over diversion and storage rights to Animas River water was rubber-stamped this week, ending more than two years of negotiations and laying the groundwork for regional entities to develop water projects. The decree, signed by Chief District Judge Gregory Lyman, effectively divides a large water right between the Animas-La Plata Project and the Southwestern Water Co


Animas-La Plata Project Water Rights Settlement

In November, a settlement was reached by several local agencies with a stake in the Animas-La Plata Project water rights. In late 2013, the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) filed for conditional to absolute and continued diligence for the remaining portions of the water right held for development of the Animas-La Plata Project. Several agencies filed statements of opposition. Among them were: the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; San Juan Water Commission; La Plata Water Conservancy District; and the Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance and Replacement (ALPOM&R) Association. Since then, these agencies have been hashing out the details of the administration of Lake Nighthorse storage rights, as well as the future of irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses along the Animas and La Plata rivers. The settlement agreement and proposed decree were entered with the court during a November hearing. The agreement was complex, but resulted in portions of the water right being transferred to the ALPOM&R Association for the Project as built, and SWCD retaining portions of the water rights for future uses as previously decreed including irrigation.


Local Water Icon Kroeger Passes

A much beloved and well-respected local water icon, Frederick Kroeger, passed away on December 28th at age 97. According to the Durango Herald, the most visible parts of his legacy were Lake Nighthorse, Kroeger Hall and the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, and the business he founded in 1967--Kroegers Ace Hardware. He served on the boards of the Durango Water Commission for more than 60 years; Southwest Water Conservation District for 55 years; First National Bank for 50 years; Colorado Water Conservation Board for 21 years; and La Plata Electric Association for 13 years.


December 29, 2015--Local icon Fred Kroeger dies at 97 (Durango Herald)

Whether you call him the epitome of the Greatest Generation or the man who would not give up, former Durango Mayor Frederick V. Kroeger, who died Saturday at 97, left a legacy for generations of Southwest Coloradans to come. The most visible parts of that legacy?


November 10, 2015--Water rights stakeholders able to reach settlement in Animas - La Plata Project (Durango Herald)

A collective sigh of relief was let out in 6th Judicial District Court on Monday after a settlement was reached by several local agencies with a stake in the water rights of the Animas-La Plata Project stored in Lake Nighthorse. Chief District Judge Gregory Lyman will review the details of the settlement in the coming weeks, and the court will reconvene 1:30 p.m. Dec.


Huntington Passes

Long-time A-LP Project advocate Lawrence R. Huntington of Hesperus, CO passed on March 7, 2015, he was 96. Lawrence was born in Durango, raised in Hesperus, and graduated from Durango High School. After graduation he drove a propane delivery truck from Cortez to the San Luis Valley. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II where he served in the 2nd Armored Division (Hell on Wheels) and five major campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge. Lawrence returned home to the family ranch and diligently worked the land for his entire life. He was married to Leola Bacus in Gallup, NM in 1946. She preceded him in death in 1965. Together they raised their four children and he served his community on various boards to include: Basin Coop, Durango 9-R Schools, Farm Credit System, La Plata County Cattlemen’s Association, La Plata County Fair, La Plata Electric Association, and the La Plata Water Conservancy District. He married a high school classmate, Margaret O’Brien McDonald, in 1966 and she, too, preceded his passing in 1997. He is survived by his four children, two siblings, three stepchildren, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, as well as extended family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the La Plata County Cattlemen’s Scholarship Fund.


Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

In early January the Durango City Council signed a resolution supporting the delivery of water from Lake Nighthorse to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. “This water would really help our future,” Chairman Manuel Heart said. The resolution stemmed from a series of recent meetings between city officials and the tribe about the potential recreational use of Lake Nighthorse. The city will likely send the resolution to Colorado’s US senators and House members to help support the tribe as it seeks funding for infrastructure to deliver the water. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has water rights to about 31 percent of the water stored in the lake. The additional water would allow for greater economic development on the reservation.


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