San Miguel River

April 1, 2014--San Miguel tributary flowing free (Telluride Daily Planet)

In the 1930s, a 6-foot-tall, 60-feet-wide diversion dam was built in Tabeguache Creek, just upstream from its confluence with the San Miguel River, for the purposes of providing water to the Town of Uravan. That dam remained for roughly 80 years, even as the uranium mining town was abandoned, declared a Superfund Site and razed in a reclamation project.

February 23, 2014--Project to restore Hanging Flume wins state historical award (Grand Juction Sentinel)

An ambitious project to rebuild a historic flume among the cliffs above the San Miguel River south of Gateway was recently recognized for its innovative effort at reconstructing history. The 2014 Stephen H.


January 31, 2014--Board votes to raise Lower Dolores flow (Cortez Journal)

A spirited debate before the Colorado Water Conservation Board in Denver Tuesday featured local officials expressing their opinions on a plan to increase flows on the lower Dolores River.


January 13, 2014--Plans for Dolores River draw criticism (Cortez Journal)

Federal and state protection measures for the Lower Dolores River were sharply criticized by local officials Thursday during a regional water meeting in Cortez. But public land agencies and the Colorado Water Conservation board defended the decisions as part of their job to inventory special waterways and insure adequate flows on the river.


August 24, 2013--Energy Fuels water application dismissed (Montrose Press)

The Montrose District Court Water Division on Thursday dismissed “without prejudice” an Energy Fuels Resources Corporation application to utilize water from the San Miguel Basin in the Naturita region for its proposed Piñon Ridge yellowcake mill.


August 5, 2013--Flume fever: A monument to gold mining history is reconstructed (High Country News)

Picture a manmade water channel 10 miles long, able to carry up to 80 million gallons of water a day. Then consider what it would take to affix the lion's share of that wood and iron structure to the side of serpentine, vertical canyon walls, 100 feet off the ground, weaving through the desert in a remote part of southwestern Colorado -- a landscape as rugged as it is beautiful.


July 17, 2013--A proposed alternative to ‘Wild and Scenic’ (Cortez Journal)

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) participated in a flyover of the lower Dolores River last week as part of a tour to discuss special legislation for the area. Public land including a 92-mile section of the river from McPhee Dam to the confluence with the San Miguel is being considered for a new National Conservation Area.


May 27, 2013--Historic protection approved for San Miguel River (Western Resource Advocates)

A major portion of the San Miguel River will be permanently protected under a precedent-setting water right after a Colorado Water Court ruling this week. In a ruling signed on May 20, the Water Court for Division 4 ruled in favor of an application for "in-stream flow" (ISF) protection that permanently safeguards a large section of the San Miguel River west of Montrose, Colo.


March 30, 2013--Parks & Wildlife prepare reclaim of Miramonte Reservoir (Cortez Journal)

Illegal stocking of smallmouth bass in Miramonte Reservoir will force Colorado Parks and Wildlife to partially drain the lake and treat it with an organic pesticide to kill all the fish early this fall. Restocking will occur shortly after the treatment is completed.


March 5, 2013--County, state board settle water dispute (Montrose Press)

Montrose County has given up its objection to a state filing for in-stream flow rights on the San Miguel River in exchange for the Uravan Trust’s water rights when those become available. County commissioners on Thursday approved a stipulated agreement with the Colorado Water Conservation Board concerning the board’s application for in-stream flow rights.


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