- About WIP
- Participating Entities
- Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
- City of Durango Water Commission
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Dolores Conservation District
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Empire Electric Association
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- La Plata Archuleta Water District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Mancos Conservation District
- Mancos Water Conservancy District
- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD)
- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- Regional Water Projects
- Animas River Stakeholders
- Animas-La Plata Project
- Cloud Seeding Program
- Dolores Project (McPhee Reservoir)
- Dry Gulch Reservoir (Pending)
- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Jackson Gulch Reservoir
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
- Rio Blanco Restoration Project
- River Protection Work Group
- UMETCO (Urivan) Water Rights
- Water Information
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When a resident of the arid southwest corner of La Plata County once said he drove seven miles to a community spring for potable water, the response of water-issues pioneer Fred Kroeger was: “That’s closer than drilling (a well).” Kroeger’s dry humor pointed to reality – water in southwest La Plata County is scarce, wells are unreliable and potable water is o
September 18, 2014--Urban, agricultural communities clash over Colorado Water Plan (Greeley Tribune)
By 2050, projections place Northern Colorado’s population at double its current level — a forecast that threatens to not only challenge but possibly tap out the region’s water resources. In the South Platte Water Basin, a 22,000-square mile district including Weld County, this population boom could equate to major water shortages in the not-so-distant future.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton recently released a potential amendment to the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, changing the House bill from the agreed-upon wording drafted by community consensus. The original bill had the support of La Plata and San Juan counties, and had been carefully crafted by people who live there.
Juggling Colorado’s already stretched water resources is going to get even tougher in the decades ahead.
Agricultural dry-up is an ominous phrase, but it’s reality on the Front Range as farmers sell water rights to satisfy unquenchable urban sprawl. It won’t be enough. Population predictions show Colorado doubling to 10 million residents in 50 years, mostly on the Front Range.
Jim Harvey's soon-to-be-finished feature documentary, The Great Divide, aims to tell the tangled story of water in Colorado -- a subject as vast as the state and the eight states that Colorado supplies water to.
The importance of green lawns to maintain quality of life and urban home values was heard alongside that of maintaining river flows for the Western Slope’s recreation-based economy in comments to the Colorado Water Conservation Board Thursday.
The Colorado State Water Plan isn’t final yet, but it’s kicking up a lot of resistance here on the Western Slope. And for good reason. The plan, still in its draft stage, could spell trouble for the vibrant recreation economy of many Western Slope communities. Much of the plan continues to rely on outdated and, frankly, extravagant uses of water in our arid state.
The Wilderness Society notes a new poll of 11 Western states that "shows strong support for taking action on legislation that would reinvest a portion of rents and royalties from renewable energy development on public lands to conservation activities." That legislation is the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (H.R. 596/S.
The San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) held a special meeting on Sept. 8 for the consideration and discussion of a Letter of Intent to structure future discussions with Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) regarding the proposed Dry Gulch Reservoir.