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April 14th, 2016

Southwestern Water Conservation District 75th Anniversary, by John Porter SWCD Board President

The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD or District) was created by the Colorado General Assembly in 1941, thereby marking the District’s 75th anniversary this year! The SWCD encompasses Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, San Miguel and parts of Hinsdale, Mineral, and Montrose counties. In a press release issued by SWCD board president John Porter, and recently printed in the Durango Herald, Porter shares some lessons learned in the past 75 years, ones that will be carried through the next 75:


Mancos Water Conservancy District 75th Anniversary

Similar to the SWCD, the Mancos Water Conservancy District (MWCD) also formed in 1941 and they are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year too! The mission of the MWCD is to provide irrigation water for over 13,000 acres of agriculture, municipal water for Mesa Verde National park, the Mancos Rural Water Company, and the Town of Mancos.


Dolores Water Conservancy District

In January, Mike Preston, General Manager of the DWCD, announced a new wildfire risk reduction group has formed to minimize impacts on the upper Dolores River watershed and McPhee Reservoir--the Dolores Watershed and Resilient Forest (DWARF) Collaborative. The specific target area extends from the Dove Creek pumps up to Lizard Head Pass--a mix of federal, private, and state lands.


High Desert Conservation District

The San Juan Basin Watershed recently launched a new website to strengthen the partnerships among the six conservation districts that define the Watershed: Dove Creek, High Desert, La Plata, Mancos, Pine River, and San Juan. It is a step to promote more collaboration among the individual districts and to maximize resources.


Recreation at Lake Nighthorse: BOR Releases Draft EA

At the end of March the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR or Bureau) released a much anticipated and awaited draft environmental assessment (EA) for a recreation plan at Lake Nighthorse, also known as the Animas-La Plata (ALP) Project. This is a very big deal for southwest Colorado, whose residents have been waiting for the facility to open for recreation since the reservoir filled in 2011!


April 14, 2016--Homeowner rain barrel bill ready for signature (Montrose Press)

Colorado is a signature away from specifically allowing — with a few limitations — homeowners to collect precipitation into rain barrels. House Bill 1005 passed third reading in the Colorado Senate on April 1, permitting “small-capacity rooftop collection.” Under it, people will be able to collect up to 110 gallons of rainfall, in no more than two barrels, from


April 13, 2016--Plan for Dolores rafting season drying up (Cortez Journal)

Like an injured wolf starving for a meal, the famed Snaggletooth Rapid below McPhee dam whimpers for a healing rush of water to once again show off its whitewater fangs. Its last feast of boaters crashed through the jagged Class IV rapids in 2011, so she’s hungry.


April 12, 2016--Water storage bill advances in Legislature (Durango Herald)

The Colorado House on Tuesday gave initial support to a measure that would require a study of water storage in Colorado. Rep. J.


April 12, 2016--Colorado lawmakers wrestle with old mines polluting streams (Denver Post)

State legislation aimed at helping government deal with inactive mines contaminating waterways advanced Monday, a step toward cleanups at sites that cannot qualify for a federal Superfund designation. the bill backed by Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Don Coram, R-Montrose, passed the House on its second reading.