Interstate Compact

June 19, 2014--Ceremony marks completion of Long Hollow dam (Durango Herald)

A ceremonial load of dirt was dumped Thursday to mark the end of construction of the Long Hollow dam here. The brief topping-out observation was attended by members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, which helped fund construction, and Brice Lee from La Plata Water Conservancy District, which sponsored the project.


December 20, 2013--Colorado ahead on interstate water deliveries (Pueblo Chieftain)

John Martin Reservoir was created in 1948 for flood control and to divide the water of the Arkansas River between Kansas and Colorado. Congress approved the Arkansas River Compact in 1949, after the two states signed it in 1948. It is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


December 15, 2013--Nebraska makes compact call for 2014 (Yuma Pioneer)

Based on the lack of surface water available for delivery in the Republican River Basin in 2014, the Department of Natural Resources has declared 2014 as a compact call year. DNR is forecasting that 2014 wil


June 13, 2013--Supreme Court sides with Oklahoma over Texas in Red River water dispute (Washington Post)

On June 13th the Supreme Court decisively sided with Oklahoma and rejected Texas’ claim that it has a right under a 30-year-old agreement to cross their common border for water to serve the fast-growing Fort Worth area.


February 8, 2013--Call on North Platte rights as drought intensifies (Denver Post)

Intensifying drought has prompted the first wintertime call on administration of water rights in the North Platte River drainage in Wyoming since 2005, an announcement that will re

January 10, 2013--Colorado caught in Texas/NM suit (Alamosa Courier)

Texas filed suit against New Mexico over Rio Grande Compact disputes, with Colorado brought into the fray as a result, Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten told San Luis Valley water leaders during Tuesday’s Rio Grande Roundtable meeting. The suit, filed in U.S.


January 5, 2013--US Supreme Court to hear Okla. water rights case (Denver Post)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether a North Texas water district should be allowed access to water supplies in southeastern Oklahoma—a case that could determine the extent to which Oklahoma can preserve the surface and stream water within its borders.

January 3, 2013--Neb. restricts Republican River water use in 2013 (Boulder Daily Camera)

Nebraska is imposing limits on the use of the Republican River to make sure enough water flows downstream to Kansas this year in the midst of a drought. The state Department of Natural Resources issued an order this week requiring additional conservation measures in the river basin to help Nebraska comply with a long-standing agreement with Kansas and Colorado.


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.


February 19, 2012--County’s thirsty land to be quenched, soon (Durango Herald)

Brice Lee is smiling. The approval of an escrow agreement allows the La Plata Water Conservancy District to break ground on the Longhollow Reservoir. “It’s been 15 or 20 years,” Lee said Friday.


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