Water supply

Almost at capacity, Lake Nighthorse will wait to pump from river

Lake Nighthorse is sitting pretty in terms of the amount of water stored in the reservoir just outside Durango, according to water managers. Despite the extreme drought that plagued Southwest...

DATE: April 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Study aims at better evaporation estimates at reservoirs

LAS VEGAS – Researchers are working to better measure how much water is lost to evaporation at the nation’s two largest reservoirs as part of effort they say could lead to new water management...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Next water manager up against drought, climate change

The challenges facing Southwest Colorado’s next water manager are not light undertakings – drought, climate change and a demand on water that isn’t going anywhere. Last month, Bruce Whitehead...

DATE: April 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado River basin states cobble together water agreement

Although Southwest Colorado’s snowpack is well above the historic average, the seven Colorado River basin states are moving forward with an agreement to manage the river in the face of drought and...

DATE: April 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bruce Whitehead, water district manager, announces retirement

Bruce Whitehead, executive director for the Southwestern Water Conservation District, has announced he will retire after more than a decade at the district. Whitehead could not be reached for...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man takes city to small claims court

Ron Cornelius came home thirsty late one night in 2016. He went to the faucet, turned the knob and put a cup under the spout. Nothing came out. “It turns out they had shut the water off, and they...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water, sewer rates to rise again in Durango

The Durango City Council unanimously approved another water and sewer rate increase at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, a continuance of decades of rate hikes that have exacerbated the cost...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ribbon-cutting for historic McElmo flume is Nov. 30

The historic McElmo Flume No. 6 has been officially saved after seven years of fundraising and restoration work. The community is invited to a ribbon-cutting that will feature local and state...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Community

Durango to reopen water dock to new customers

The city of Durango will start accepting new customers at its water dock on Sept. 4, reversing a controversial decision that left many La Plata County residents in a pinch for water. “The purpose...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River reduced to a trickle in Farmington

Editor’s note: After this story published, the U.S. Geological Survey said it erroneously reported the Animas River flowing at 0 cubic feet per second this week in Farmington. The river was...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield may tap reserve water in Vallecito Reservoir

Exceptional drought conditions could force the town of Bayfield to tap into its reserve water storage this summer in Vallecito Reservoir. The town usually relies on water in the Los Pinos Ditch,...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bob Wolff reappointed to Southwestern Water Conservation District board

La Plata County Commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to retain Bob Wolff as the county’s representative to the Southwestern Water Conservation District. The water district is comprised of one...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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