Jackson Gulch Reservoir

October 21, 2014--On this day in 1940, the Mancos Project in Colorado approved (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Settlement and irrigation of the Mancos Valley began about 1876. The natural flow of the Mancos River during the months of July, August, and September was very low, and the irrigation water supply for those months was inadequate. By 1893, when a state adjudication of water was made, late summer demands for irrigation water far exceeded the supply.

MWCD Finishes Canal-Lining Project

The Mancos Water Conservancy District (MWCD) finished lining the Jackson Lake canal, which is no longer in danger of crumbling into a canyon. The life expectancy of the canal is now about 50 years after $3.9 million in improvements. The canal, built in the 1940s, winds its way for several miles along the edge of a mountain by way of closed pipes, box flumes and open canal, and provides water to about 250 irrigators and storage for the town of Mancos. The canal is capable of carrying 258 cubic feet per second during runoff. Based on snowpack this spring, MWCD Superintendent Gary Kennedy is hopeful the canal may fill the reservoir to 70 percent of capacity. The design work for the rehabilitation project started in 2003, and the MWCD focused on the areas of the canal that were at risk. Congratulations MWCD on much hard work, perseverance, and a job well done!

June 25, 2014--Water conservancy weighs ownership of Jackson Gulch (Cortez Journal)

The Mancos Water Conservancy District board on Thursday weighed the consequences of taking ownership of Jackson Gulch Reservoir, the dam, the canal system and the land it sits on from the federal government. If the district worked with the Bureau of Reclamation to take ownership, the district would have to take over all the contracting and inspections.

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.

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