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Line of Animas River water users – including kayakers and a fish called the humpback chub – is long and growing
Dave Gates, a photographer with the Bureau of Reclamation, watches the pumps that remove water from the Animas River and deliver it into Lake Nighthorse.
Water to fill Lake Nighthorse is pulled from the Animas River. The lake holds 123,541 acre-feet of water.
Bureau of Reclamation Photographer Dave Gates waves at passing rafters on the Animas river above the intake gates of the Animas La Plata Project. From the gates water is pumped into Lake Nighthorse.
How to get water rights

The use of public-domain water in Colorado requires a water-court decree. A water-right applicant must show a stream commissioner that the use is proper, that no more than the needed amount is being requested and that water is available at the desired site.

Want water? Take a number

Dave Gates, a photographer with the Bureau of Reclamation, watches the pumps that remove water from the Animas River and deliver it into Lake Nighthorse.
Water to fill Lake Nighthorse is pulled from the Animas River. The lake holds 123,541 acre-feet of water.
Bureau of Reclamation Photographer Dave Gates waves at passing rafters on the Animas river above the intake gates of the Animas La Plata Project. From the gates water is pumped into Lake Nighthorse.
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