U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

October 21, 2014--On this day in 1940, the Mancos Project in Colorado approved (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Settlement and irrigation of the Mancos Valley began about 1876. The natural flow of the Mancos River during the months of July, August, and September was very low, and the irrigation water supply for those months was inadequate. By 1893, when a state adjudication of water was made, late summer demands for irrigation water far exceeded the supply.


October 12, 2014--U.S. Bureau of Reclamation - Basin municipalities and federal government take action to protect the Colorado River (YNN)

 Faced with the increasing probability of shortage on the Colorado River, municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado, and the Bureau of Reclamation are implementing a landmark Colorado River System Conservation program. Reclamation is soliciting water conservation project proposals from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California, and Nevada.


October 8, 2014--Colorado River water-conservation effort to begin (Las Vegas Sun)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Wednesday began soliciting project proposals for water conservation from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California and Nevada. Water users in the river's Upper Basin will be invited to participate in the agreement at a later date.


Lake Nighthorse Organizations Encounter Numerous Recreation Discussion Delays

Recreation discussions between the: Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement (ALPOM&R) Association; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR); and City of Durango have encountered numerous delays. Lake Nighthorse will not be opened to the public in 2014 and may not be open next year either.


September 27, 2014--Glen Canyon Dam, key water source, marks 50 years (Deseret News)

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other officials on Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of power generation by Glen Canyon Dam, a structure that helped usher in a new era in the Southwest. "Now, it's not without its controversy. But there's no question that this engineering feat was incredibly valuable to the economic future of this country," Jewell said.


August 30, 2014--Federal water administrator airs out Colorado River water ‘myths’ (Associated Press)

A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin.


August 28, 2014--Water plans will hurt Colorado farmers (Reporter Herald)

Denver Water on behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation and the respective water districts from Arizona, California and Nevada recently developed a drought management pilot program for the Upper Colorado River System to send more water downstream. Other than Denver Water, the water districts involved in this program represent the states known as the Lower Basin states.


August 26, 2014--Lake Nighthorse a big waste of tax money (Durango Herald)

[Opinion: Michael Black] I have been reading with amusement the trials and tribulations of Ridges Basin Reservoir. The old joke at Taxpayers for the Animas River was that if the Ute tribal members ever wanted to use the water in the reservoir, they would need to buy speedboats. Now, it appears even that won’t do.


August 14, 2014--Lake Mead now to stay above critical low levels (AccuWeather)

Lake Mead is at all-time record-low levels since it was filled back in the 1930s. The reading of 1080.19 feet recorded back on Tuesday, August 12 set the new record. Since then it has risen slightly. This is a massive 25 feet lower than this date just one year ago, also 25 feet lower than it was back in the middle of March. This drop has greatly affected the recreational uses of the lake.


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