The Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District board gets a look at the economics of recreation at Lake Nighthorse

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From The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):

Board members of the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District got the news Tuesday. The water district took on the job of creating a recreation master plan for the lake a year ago when Colorado State Parks, the logical sponsor of outdoor activities, said it was broke. Colorado State Parks manages recreation at a number of properties owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, including Mancos State Park and Navajo State Park. “We got into this by default,” said Bob Wolff, the water district board president. “We have an incredible resource here but when no one stepped up, we needed to figure out how to get into recreation.”

Lake Nighthorse -covering about 1,500 surface acres – is taking shape as water from the Animas River fills a basin over the ridge to the southwest from Bodo Industrial Park. The Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency that owns the project that will supply drinking water to three Native American tribes and others, estimates filling will top out sometime in 2011.

Water district members would like to have a recreation master plan in place by then.

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