La Plata River

October 3, 2014--Dam gets dedicated (Durango Herald)

The traditional ribbon cutting Thursday officially brought on line the Long Hollow Reservoir, raising the hopes of irrigators for a more consistent supply of water. Already the reservoir, capacity 5,300 acre-feet, has seen a little accumulation of water from recent heavy rain funneled into it via Long Hollow Creek and Government Draw.


September 21, 2014--Water-plan team seeks support (Durango Herald)

When a resident of the arid southwest corner of La Plata County once said he drove seven miles to a community spring for potable water, the response of water-issues pioneer Fred Kroeger was: “That’s closer than drilling (a well).” Kroeger’s dry humor pointed to reality – water in southwest La Plata County is scarce, wells are unreliable and potable water is o


June 19, 2014--In arid West, water rights are like gold (Durango Herald)

After another winter of below average snowfall, the spring runoff has dropped to a trickle on the La Plata River with most of the irrigation ditches being shut down. Our winter snows are the lifeblood for most of the agriculture that occurs in Southwest Colorado.


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.


April 28, 2014--Long Hollow to the rescue (Durango Herald)

Construction of the dam designed to corral 5,100 acre feet of runoff from two modest streams in this arid section of La Plata County is expected to be completed in July – two years after groundbreaking. Long Hollow Reservoir will be a water bank against which irrigators in the area can draw.


April 28, 2014--Legislature to fund Long Hollow project (Durango Herald)

A Southwest Colorado water district can expect $1,575,000 from the Legislature to help build a dam just off the La Plata River. It’s one of the few water projects statewide the Legislature is funding this year.


April 17, 2014--Ag life a trying endeavor (Durango Herald)

Agriculture is a difficult profession in the best of times, but it’s an even bigger challenge during a drought. That’s one of the many takeaways from Wednesday evening’s panel discussing current and future issues for local agriculture sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

April 8, 2014--San Juan Watershed Group study identifies human waste as likely contaminant in Animas, San Juan, La Plata rivers (Four Corners News)

Preliminary results from an environmental study indicate septic waste may be seeping from sewage systems or being illegally dumped into the Animas and San Juan rivers. "It is startling. It is unexpected," said David Tomko, San Juan Watershed Group coordinator. "But let's see if there's another explanation." The environmental group — an offshoot of the U.S.


April 8, 2014--Lake Durango levels need boost (Durango Herald)

As a dry summer is most likely in the cards, the Lake Durango Water Authority wants to bolster, by any means, the reserve of water it has in Lake Durango for 1,200 customers southwest of Durango. Among areas served are the two Durango West subdivisions and the Trappers Crossing, Rafter J and Shenandoah neighborhoods.


August 18, 2013--For Lake Durango users, water is low (Durango Herald)

The welcome monsoon rains have more than settled the dust, but they’ve done little for Lake Durango water customers. The estimated 1,200 Lake Durango Water Authority customers are under Stage 3 restrictions, which means no outside watering, Tom Brossia reported at a meeting of the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District last week.


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