July 11, 2012--Long Hollow reservoir under way (Durango Herald)

It seemed anyone who was or is someone in the production, distribution or consumption of water in Southwest Colorado for the last 60 years gathered Tuesday at a spot on Long Hollow. The occasion was the groundbreaking for the Long Hollow Reservoir dam, the key component in an effort to store water for Colorado ranchers and help satisfy the state’s La Plata River obligation to New Mexico. Brice Lee, president of the La Plata Water Conservancy District, which is building the reservoir, was the master of ceremonies. “We thought the project would never happen,” Lee said. Earth-moving machines were in the area in 1940, but with the outbreak of World War II, the equipment went away, Lee said. Long Hollow Reservoir, which has a capacity of 5,400 acre-feet and will average 2,400 acre-feet, will be fed by Long Hollow Creek and Government Draw east of Colorado Highway 140 and about five miles north of the New Mexico line.

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