- 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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In an effort to keep local control over local water issues, the Dolores Water Conservancy District has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a large water project on Plateau Creek, a tributary of McPhee Reservoir.
Looming drought has prompted a new push to prevent harm to streams and rivers: temporarily leasing water normally diverted to household taps, farms and ranchland and letting t
This spring, water groups are allocating reservoir spill water to help native fish species on the Lower Dolores River. Unlike sport fish introduced from outside sources, native species have been swimming local rivers for an estimated 2 million years.
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.
The Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) was formed November 20, 1961. Therefore, they celebrated their 50th anniversary this Fall. In addition, it was the 25th anniversary of water deliveries to farms and towns from McPhee Reservoir. The reservoir site was seen as so ideal that President Teddy Roosevelt chose it for the dam in 1906 during a hunting trip in the area.
Financial disclosure and responsibility and system management were the major topics of discussion at a Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co.
November 17, 2011--MVI hears water woes Stockholders have concerns about proposed lease (Cortez Journal)
Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co.’s board of directors attempted to alleviate stockholders’ fears regarding a proposed water lease at a meeting Monday night at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center.
An undertaking of unprecedented proportions in Montezuma County, the Dolores Project was built to capture the anemic loss of spring snow melt and store the lifeblood of most communities and farms in Montezuma and Dolores counties. Although the $500 million project is still being paid off by water users and taxpayers, it forever changed the landscape, lifestyle and economy of the area.
While McPhee Reservoir was designed to provide water to the arid landscape of Southwest Colorado, the completion of the project also created a large playground of recreational opportunities in Montezuma and Dolores counties.
Southwest Colorado residents who arrived before the mid-1980s remember the landscape without McPhee Reservoir. They remember when the Dolores River passed under the bridge near Dolores and continued along its narrow way to the northwest, unimpeded by a dam.