Colorado

La Plata Archuleta Water District

The La Plata Archuleta Water District (LPAWD) recently signed a contract with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to purchase 2,500 acre-feet (AF) of water from the Animas-La Plata Project over a 40 year period.

Lake Nighthorse Organizations Encounter Numerous Recreation Discussion Delays

Recreation discussions between the: Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement (ALPOM&R) Association; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR); and City of Durango have encountered numerous delays. Lake Nighthorse will not be opened to the public in 2014 and may not be open next year either.


Lawn Bill Designed to Conserve Water

Senate Bill 17 proposed to limit the size of new lawns for entities using water from permanent agricultural dry-up. Ag dry-up occurs when someone purchases land and moves the water into the municipal system. The concept was developed by Steve Harris of Harris Water Engineering in Durango and sponsored by Senator Ellen Roberts (R-Durango). In early August water resource leaders from Durango and Southwest Colorado briefed lawmakers in Denver on the legislation.

October 7, 2014--Turf wars cartoon (Water Information Program)

To view the full article visit the WIP or NPS Colorado. For a copy of the original article stop by or write the Water Information Program at 841 East Second Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 or call (970) 247-1302.


 


October 5, 2014--Tying water to growth, sort of (Pueblo Chieftain)

A proposal to link local land use to state water planning through better education about water issues will be discussed at this week’s meeting of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable. The question often has been the elephant in the room during discussions in the past decade by roundtables and the state Interbasin Compact Committee.


October 4, 2014--New storage project aims to ease demand for West Slope water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The state of Colorado has signed an agreement to boost Front Range water storage, one of the things a growing chorus of Western Slope voices has been calling for to ease the demand for more transmountain diversions. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday announced the agreement between the state and the U.S.


October 3, 2014--Dam gets dedicated (Durango Herald)

The traditional ribbon cutting Thursday officially brought on line the Long Hollow Reservoir, raising the hopes of irrigators for a more consistent supply of water. Already the reservoir, capacity 5,300 acre-feet, has seen a little accumulation of water from recent heavy rain funneled into it via Long Hollow Creek and Government Draw.


October 2, 2014--Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion (High Country News)

As Colorado prepares its first statewide water plan, which will determine how water is managed water across the state now and for decades to come, a crucial debate is taking place: how to divvy up Colorado’s dwindling water supplies.


September 30, 2014--Dogged rainfall soaks region (Durango Herald)

It seemed like there was a plumbing problem in the skies above La Plata County on Sunday and Monday, as storms wrung lightning, hail and reams of rain from the clouds in terrific, gloomy, spurting volumes. Snow, rain and icy conditions at Wolf Creek Pass felled one truck Monday, causing the pass to close.


September 27, 2014--EPA to plug polluted mine in Silverton (Durango Herald)

Poisonous metals flow from many abandoned mines near Silverton, but in 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to address one that is draining hundreds of gallons of toxins a minute into the watershed.


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