Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District officials discussed several projects during their monthly board meeting Thursday.
Articles by Joe Stone
The Arkansas River Watershed Coalition’s latest River Reports shows December brought above-average snowpack to most of Colorado, but Arkansas River Basin snowpack remains low at 81% of median, up from 76% a month ago.
BlueTriton Brands and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have finalized the conservation easement for 118.85 acres of BlueTriton property just north of Browns Canyon National Monument near Nathrop.
As part of a new water conservation program, the Upper Colorado River Commission “is seeking proposals immediately for the voluntary, compensated, and temporary water conservation projects for 2023.”
According to the November River Report from the Upper Arkansas Watershed Collaborative, most of the Upper Arkansas Basin remains drought-free, but severe and extreme drought have returned to parts of the lower basin.
Chaffee County Commissioners received a brief update on the BlueTriton Brands conservation easement at their Tuesday, Nov. 15, board meeting in Buena Vista.
During an informal field trip Monday in Poncha Springs, professional forester Angie Jensen asked Chaffee County and Salida officials to support her proposal to mitigate wildfire risk using nature-based methods.
Larry Lawrence provided an update on the status of the BlueTriton Brands conservation easement at Tuesday’s Chaffee County Commissioners meeting, stating, “We will meet our Dec. 31 deadline.”
The Colorado Water Conservation Board awarded a $500,000 grant to the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District and Round Mountain Water and Sanitation District for construction of a new reservoir near Westcliffe.
The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative notes that precipitation from the current weather pattern continues to ease drought conditions in Colorado.
In it’s latest River Report, the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative notes, “Monsoon rains have lifted a swath of the Arkansas River Basin out of drought conditions.”
In its weekly River Report, the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative reports that the Bureau of Reclamation is releasing Fryingpan-Arkansas Project water to support recreational boating on the upper Arkansas River.