Jackson Gulch Reservoir

Marcvh 13, 2014--Planting seeds in Mancos clouds (Durango Herald)

No one can control the weather, but scientists have done what they can to encourage snowfall in Colorado by cloud seeding for decades, and now they are working to improve it near Mancos. On Monday meteorologist, Marta Nelson, installed a temporary radiometer at Jackson Lake near the Mancos Water Conservancy District.

February 9, 2014--Mancos without potable water; school closes; bottled water needed (Mancos Times)

Mancos residents were left without water after pumps failed Saturday morning at the water treatment facility. Residents within the town limits may be without water for the next 48 to 72 hours as crews work to restore it, said Andrea Phillips town administrator. Rural Mancos water users are unaffected.

January 8, 2014--Reservoir might get more water for Mancos (Cortez Journal)

The Mancos Water Conservancy is working on expanding Jackson Gulch Reservoir to hold an additional 80 acre-feet of water. "There's always the need for additional irrigation in the valley," said Gary Kennedy, superintendent of the conservancy.

August 7, 2013--Officials dissolve 'gentlemen's' water agreement (Cortez Journal)

A gentlemen's water agreement reached last month between the Town of Mancos and Mesa Verde National Park has been suspended. Park and town officials appeared satisfied after the July 24 Mancos board of trustees meeting, when both parties verbally agreed to temporarily allow the national park to divert water out of priority from the Mancos River.

July 31, 2013--Gentlemen's agreement settles water exchange for now (Cortez Journal)

Mesa Verde National Park and the Town of Mancos have agreed to a temporary water exchange in light of current drought conditions. Mesa Verde National Park has a 1962 junior water right off the Mancos River, but its decreed diversion is out of priority; meaning park officials should draw their water from Jackson Gulch Reservoir.

May 22, 2013--Drought halts water storage 33% full at Jackson Lake MWCD irrigators will get 17% of share (Mancos Times)

A water-right call on the Mancos River has ended storage diversions into the reservoir locals call Jackson Lake. The 3,349 acre feet the reservoir now holds, which is 33.5 percent of its capacity, is all that will be available this summer for irrigators and municipal users.

May 21, 2013--Agency jumble blocks Mancos hydro plans (Durango Herald)

Rep. Scott Tipton had one of his greatest successes in his two years in Congress last month when the House overwhelmingly passed his bill to promote small hydroelectric projects on canals and pipelines. But it turns out the bill will not help one of the dams in the Cortez Republican’s own district.

April 24, 2013--Jackson Gulch water content is low (Cortez Journal)

As of Monday, Jackson Gulch Reservoir's content was low, real low. "This is the lowest I have seen it and I have been here 23 years," said Gary Kennedy, Superintendent Mancos Water Conservancy District. As of Monday, the content of Jackson Gulch was 2,350 acre feet or 23.5 percent, with an inflow at about 20 cubic feet per second.

October 17, 2012--Outside watering restricted (Cortez Journal)

The Mancos Board of Trustees has established an exterior watering ban until further notice. There is not enough water flowing in the West Mancos River to legally get water through the head gate from the river to the water filtration facility. The town has #3 priority water right, which means river water cannot currently be diverted to the filtration facility.

February 10, 2012--Agencies plan study of mercury levels in fish (Durango Herald)

Concerns about mercury contamination in fish have prompted various agencies to take action toward better understanding the problem. The Southwestern Water Conservation District and the U.S. Geological Survey have scheduled a meeting next month to lay the foundation for a study.

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