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- Participating Entities
- Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
- City of Durango Water Commission
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Florida Water Conservancy 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
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Colorado has suffered through drought, wildfires and floods in the six months since Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered up a state water plan. While simply having a plan would not have prevented any of it, state response might have improved if a plan were in hand. “We know the plan isn’t a silver bullet.
Cities and water districts are on the hook for at least $13.5 million to repair water and sewage systems ripped apart by floods that struck Northern Colorado in September. The city of Evans was among the hardest hit: The cost of a new wastewater treatment plant to replace the badly damaged plant will cost as much as $7 million, Evans spokeswoman Kristan Williams said.
October 14, 2013--As flood waters recede, ski areas step up cloud-seeding efforts (Colorado Independent)
Knowing that water is the key to the circle of life, humans for millennia have implored their gods to deliver rain and snow — not catastrophic week-long downpours, but life-giving, field-soaking, stream-replenishing precipitation. The Maya retreated deep into sacred caves when the weather turned dry, even sacrificing their own brethren in desperate times.
A former state Supreme Court justice who served as a water judge advocates more flexibility in water law as a way to preserve irrigated agriculture in Colorado. And some down-home schooling for water judges and justices.
Water is an essential ingredient to what makes Colorado special.
After five years, Cortez is once again fortunate to host the 8th Annual Water 101 Seminar to be held November 1, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express (2121 E. Main St.) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Last year the Water Information Program (WIP) cosponsored with the Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association a pilot Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop in the Durango/Silverton area. It was very successful and well received.
The following excerpts were written by Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz and is reproduced here with her permission:
Cortez’s water rights date back to 1892, when the Dunham & Johnson Ditch, Giogetta Ditch, Illinois Ditch, and Sheek Ditch were decreed for irrigation on the Dolores River above the town of Dolores.
According to an early July Cortez Journal article, McPhee Reservoir managers are concerned that more sections on the lower Dolores River are becoming eligible for a national Wild and Scenic River status.