Officials with the Colorado Water Conservation Board presented an overview of the recently updated Colorado Water Plan at the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District board meeting Thursday in Salida.
Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
It should be obvious to anyone – trying to fill a bathtub with the drain wide open is foolish.
Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 22-114 into law Wednesday, authorizing the designation of fire-suppression ponds that will be exempt from the Prior Appropriation System established by the Colorado Constitution.
State water officials for the Arkansas River Basin raised eyebrows in 2021 when they began applying state water law to ponds. The effects of the new pond-management plan have now rippled into the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District.
In 1979 the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District was formed. Since that time, innumerable benefits have been provided to the citizens of the District.
Divers contracted by the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District recently completed repairs on the water-release infrastructure at North Fork Reservoir during 3½ days of diving in the frigid mountain reservoir.
A scuba-diving crew is finalizing plans to spend two to four days diving in North Fork Reservoir to replace a damaged slide gate that controls the reservoir’s water releases.
A 1-acre education and research garden is beginning to take shape at Lake Ranch, about 5 miles northwest of downtown Salida.
Colorado Water Court for the Arkansas River Basin (Division 2) has issued a decree expanding the area within which the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District can provide augmentation water. The expansion includes parts of Custer and Fremont counties.
Ice Lake will be getting a new outlet and spillway after the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District board of directors approved the project during its monthly meeting in Salida.
The March board meeting of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District covered the usual range of topics – augmentation, water storage, proposed legislation, engineering projects and legal concerns.
A problem with the hydraulic gate at North Fork Reservoir could necessitate draining the mountain lake at the headwaters of the North Fork of the South Arkansas River.