Pine River

September 2, 2015--Water taste is result of 'turn over' in Vallecito, Bayfield reservoirs (Pine River Times)

Yuck. That's been a frequent verdict on the taste of Bayfield's water for the past couple of weeks. It's had an off taste, verging on metallic. Some people have switched for now to bottled or filtered water.


August 15, 2015--Could this happen in the Pine River? (Pine River Times)

Can three million gallons of toxic waste spill into the Pine/Los Pinos River? Or could another spill in the Animas River reach here? No. First, the Pine River drainage is separate from the Animas River drainage, with Missionary Ridge serving as the natural dividing line between the two. The Aug.


June 13, 2015--Vallecito release has homeowners on edge (Durango Herald)

Hydrologists opened the spigots Friday on Vallecito Reservoir, releasing more water than typically considered safe to keep up with recent rainstorms. Emergency workers monitored high-water conditions on several streams and rivers throughout La Plata County.


June 12, 2015--Our river has runneth over (Durango Herald)

Emergency management scrambled Thursday to prepare communities downstream from Vallecito Reservoir for more flooding as a succession of unseasonably severe storms battered Southwest Colorado, causing the already-turgid Animas River to swell – in some places – dangerously above its banks. All day Thursday, the effects of two storms, and ensuing flooding, wracked communities alon


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.

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.


Court Sides with Pine River Ranchers

As recently reported by the Durango Herald, a divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water-rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for the King Consolidated Ditch Company and seven others. The companies wanted to make sure their 1930s-era rights are protected against a plan to fill Vallecito Reservoir twice a year in order to maintain winter flows in the river. “This ruling gives certainty and security to farmers and ranchers out there that they can continue diverting,” said Geoff Craig, a lawyer for the ditch companies.

March 31, 2011--Court rules on S. Ute water (Cortez Journal)

A divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for the King Consolidated Ditch Co. and seven others.


March 29, 2011--Court finds for Pine River ranchers (Durango Herald)

A divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water-rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Tje 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for the King Consolidated Ditch Company and seven others.


August 31, 2010--Industry plans tap reservoirs as substitute for groundwater (Durango Herald)

State regulators have approved plans by the natural-gas industry to replace water it depletes from streams with water from Vallecito and Lemon reservoirs. The Substitute Water Supply Plans by a coalition of gas companies won approval from the State Engineer's office in June.


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