Irrigation water

When it comes to water in the West, a lot of it is visible. Snow stacks up high in the mountains then eventually melts and flows down into valleys. It’s easy to see how heavy rains and rushing rivers translate into an abundance of available water. But another important factor of water availability is much harder to see.

Beneath the surface, the amount of moisture held in the ground can play a big role in how much water makes it down to rivers and reservoirs – and eventually into the pipes that feed homes and businesses.

Austin Cope

Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company announced a tentative water shut-off for August 29 — a decision rumored among shareholders and farmhands since the start of the month. 

Drought Contingency Plan Concerns

Jul 13, 2017
ClickArt

In southwest Colorado, we are always on the verge of a drought.  To help mitigate the effects of dry periods in the future, the the Dolores Project Drought Contingency Plan has been developed, and will be discussed at a public meeting on July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Dolores Water Conservancy District offices, in Cortez. 

Allocating Dolores River Flows

Jun 22, 2017
Bob Bragg

Balancing the water supply provided by the Dolores River is no easy task for the Dolores Water Conservancy District. Recreational boaters want robust flows down stream of McPhee Reservoir, and farmers who depend on irrigation water want a full reservoir to start the growing season. However, this year, the River has delivered both, with over 40 days of boat-able flows as well as the Reservoir being full on June 22nd , an event that hasn’t happened very often since the Reservoir filled in 1987.