Mancos River

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.


May 21, 2014--Water fight has irrigators steamed (Mancos Times)

The Division of Water Resources stopped the flow of water from the West Mancos River through Chicken Creek this spring. This had resulted in a very limited flow for the irrigators along the Carpenter-Mitchell Ditch and reduces the water available to Bauer Reservoir.


August 7, 2013--Officials dissolve 'gentlemen's' water agreement (Cortez Journal)

A gentlemen's water agreement reached last month between the Town of Mancos and Mesa Verde National Park has been suspended. Park and town officials appeared satisfied after the July 24 Mancos board of trustees meeting, when both parties verbally agreed to temporarily allow the national park to divert water out of priority from the Mancos River.


July 31, 2013--Gentlemen's agreement settles water exchange for now (Cortez Journal)

Mesa Verde National Park and the Town of Mancos have agreed to a temporary water exchange in light of current drought conditions. Mesa Verde National Park has a 1962 junior water right off the Mancos River, but its decreed diversion is out of priority; meaning park officials should draw their water from Jackson Gulch Reservoir.


October 31, 2012--Water 2012 visits Southwest Basin (Alamosa News)

Southwestern Colorado’s rivers are unique in that many of the rivers and tributaries flow from north to south and are administered as independent river systems. This is due to the fact that many, such as the Navajo, Blanco, Piedra, Pine, Florida, Animas, La Plata, and Mancos Rivers, are tributary to the San Juan River in New Mexico or just upstream of the state line.


October 17, 2012--Outside watering restricted (Cortez Journal)

The Mancos Board of Trustees has established an exterior watering ban until further notice. There is not enough water flowing in the West Mancos River to legally get water through the head gate from the river to the water filtration facility. The town has #3 priority water right, which means river water cannot currently be diverted to the filtration facility.


November 27, 2011--District protects Mancos watershed (Durango Herald)

Water is obviously the first thing that comes to mind when people think of the Mancos River: how that water gets to everyone, how it’s used, who uses it and keeping the river flowing correctly. There are many organizations in Mancos that have a direct influence on the river, the watershed that surrounds it and the condition and health of the river itself.


October 22, 2011--Ute Mountain Utes take on oversight of water quality (Durango Herald)

The Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe received approval this week from the federal government to regulate water quality on its reservation lands in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The tribe is among fewer than 40 Native American tribes nationwide to be granted such approval, according to a news release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


August 30, 2011--Bureau releases July-end status of Jackson Gulch, McPhee (Cortez Journal)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released the July-end status of local reservoirs Jackson Gulch and McPhee. Jackson Gulch reservoir live content stood at 8,594 acre-feet with a 9,977 acre-feet maximum capacity and a 7,306 acre-feet average (1971-2000) end-of-month content.


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