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- 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
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In The News
March 2, 2014--California farmers hire 'water witches' to find water as drought persists (Huff Post)
With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.
The storms that slammed Southern California dumped much needed rain, but experts said they did little to ease the drought conditions. "This is no drought-buster, but it's a nice, fat down payment" in the water bank, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.
Punishing drought in California could force that state to make a sizable withdrawal from a virtual water bank in Lake Mead this year, even as the reservoir shrinks closer to an all-time low and an unprecedented shortage declaration.
It is well-known that water availability across the Western United States is a big problem, affecting farmers, ranchers, cities and everyone in between. There have been fights in the Colorado Legislature over lawn watering and ski area water rights. And the federal government continues to place great importance on providing adequate water supplies for the future.
A new Boston University study shows that the consequences of milder winters -- a smaller snowpack leaving the ground to freeze harder and longer -- can have a negative impact on trees and water quality of nearby aquatic ecosystems far into the warmer growing season. In a paper in the journal Global Change Biology, BU biology Prof.