Water supply

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Dolores water district bans boating at Totten Lake

The Dolores Water Conservancy District board voted unanimously on Thursday to close Totten Lake to all boating to prevent contamination by non-native quagga and zebra mussels. The mussels, which...

DATE: March 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Billing system crash causes problems with Cortez water

An unusually high number of Cortez residents received overdue notices for their water bills in November, after the city switched to a new billing software. In August, the city’s water department...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Mancos considers options to improve wastewater operations

Town of Mancos officials are addressing several issues to improve the town’s water infrastructure. A contractor and engineer are visiting town this week to inspect the wastewater treatment plant,...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Ute Mountain Utes nudge Obama on monument and water

Ute Mountain Ute leaders traveled to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s eighth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. Tribal Chairman Manuel Heart and councilwoman...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Mussel risk at McPhee could limit boat access

McPhee Reservoir managers are considering a more aggressive defense to prevent an invasion of the destructive quagga and zebra mussels. A plan is being considered by local, state and federal...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Cloud seeders get upgrade in mountains above Dolores

A remote-operated cloud-seeding generator is being installed in the mountains above Dolores in an attempt to improve snowpack and runoff into McPhee Reservoir.The Dolores Water Conservancy District...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Utes are awarded a $9 million grant for water upgrades

The Ute Mountain Ute tribe has been awarded a $9 million federal grant to upgrade its water infrastructure and wastewater facilities on the reservation. The grant, issued through rural development...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Southwestern Water hears proposals for Dryside irrigation

Options to pump Animas River water to Redmesa for irrigation were recently floated to the Southwestern Water Conservation District, though none of the projects have funding. The proposals would...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Monsoons finally arrive, bring rain to SW Colorado

Monsoons finally arrived in Southwest Colorado this week after a couple of brief flirtations earlier this summer, promising more rain for a hot and dry Montezuma County. There were two weak...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Cortez Sanitation District plans small rate increase

Cortez Sanitation District board members on Monday discussed a rate increase next year of $1 per month for wastewater treatment up to 5,000 gallons.Board members Ryan Griglak and Tim Robinson were...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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How Arizona fends off threats to its water

In 1980, Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt helped a water revolution blossom amid the state’s unnaturally verdant lawns by signing the Groundwater Management Act, which mandated that communities pump no...

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Study finds surprising source of Colorado River water supply

Every spring, snow begins to melt throughout the Rocky Mountains, flowing down from high peaks and into the streams and rivers that form the mighty Colorado River Basin, sustaining entire cities...

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news