Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s annual river basin tour recap

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From the Cortez Journal (Steve Grazier):

About 100 water professionals, farmers, state lawmakers and local residents got a taste this week of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s annual River Basin Tour along the Dolores and San Juan rivers to catch up on watershed restoration, water management and planning. Thursday during the Southwest Basin Tour, attendees toured the Ute Farm & Ranch in Towaoc to learn about tribal water use. They explored the Anasazi Heritage Center, visited McPhee Reservoir and stopped in the town of Dolores to take in some sights of the Dolores River…

Some topics during Thursday’s tour included agricultural and environmental water uses and water law, [Crystal Korrey, director of state affairs for the Colorado Farm Bureau] said.

Chuck Wanner, a co-founder of the Dolores River Dialogue, discussed some facts and statistics pertaining to the Lower Dolores River. River water can be leased on a short- and long-term basis for in-stream purposes such as fishing and rafting, he said. The DRD study stretches from McPhee dam to where the Dolores River meets the Colorado River in Moab, Utah, Wanner said.

Thursday’s speakers included State Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus; Mark Varien, of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; Mike Preston, general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District; Colorado State Engineer Dick Wolfe; John Porter, of the Southwestern Water Conservation District; and Meghan Maloney, of San Juan Citizens’ Alliance. Additional speakers were Marsha Porter-Norton, facilitator for the Lower Dolores Plan Working Group; Peter Mueller, of The Nature Conservancy; Jim White, of the Colorado Division of Wildlife; and Wanner.

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