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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
- Town of Silverton
- Town of Telluride
- Regional Water Projects
- Animas-La Plata Project (Lake Nighthorse)
- Animas River Stakeholders
- Cloud Seeding Program
- Dolores Project (McPhee Reservoir)
- Dry Gulch Reservoir (Pending)
- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Mancos Project (Jackson Gulch Reservoir)
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
- Rio Blanco Restoration Project
- River Protection Work Group
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South Platte River
State officials are bracing for the possibility of severe drought as a promising snowpack dwindles and summer monsoons miss the state. The impact is already being felt by farmers - 22 counties on the Eastern Plains have filed disaster declarations.
The official weather site at Denver International Airport recorded just 3.26 inches of precipitation by Wednesday, National Weather Service hydrometeorologist Frank Benton said. That's a third less than the record set in the drought year of 2002, when 4.65 inches of precipitation was recorded by July 9.
An organization called the Renaissance Enterprises Group, LLC is now actively purchasing water rights within Logan, Washington and Morgan Counties with the intent to dry up land, Manager Joe Frank told the board of the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District at their meeting Tuesday.
The movement of billions of gallons of water around the country for drinking, irrigation and other uses will not require permits under the Clean Water Act, even though the water could contain contaminants, the Bush administration announced Monday.
A last-ditch effort to help farmers along the South Platte River whose wells were shut off in a water-rights fight has died in the Legislature. The Legislature killed similar bills earlier in the session, which ends this week. The latest effort failed Friday when a Senate committee defeated it 4-3.
A draft environmental impact statement for a $400 million plan to build two reservoirs in Northern Colorado is available for public comment.
Initial approval has been given to a project in central Weld County that would provide a new wildlife habitat, provide irrigation water for the Weld Re-1 School District and send water back to the South Platte River.
A survey of South Platte River irrigators shows support for water leasing programs as an alternative to selling agricultural water to cities. “It’s amazing that water rights are private property rights, but the sale of them can have a public impact as well,” said James Pritchett, an agricultural economics researcher at Colorado State University.
U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said the new farm bill, which he believes will soon pass, will contribute to national conservation efforts. “It’s a major step forward for conservation in terms of renewable energy and in terms of nutrition,” Salazar said in an appearance at the Morgan County Rural Electric Association on Thursday.
Water watchers in the San Luis Valley have had a lot to keep them busy lately. The State Supreme Court heard arguments about the state engineer's confined aquifer rules and now everyone is waiting for a ruling. The rules mandate that those pumping from the confined aquifer are required to replace withdrawals with an equal amount of water.