Longtime manager of the Uncompahgre Water Users Association, Mark Caitlin, resigns

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From The Telluride Watch (Peter Shelton):

Montrose native and long-time manager of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association Marc Catlin has resigned. His resignation was tendered Feb. 22 and announced March 14. The parting was not something Catlin had sought…

UVWUA announced Catlin’s resignation in a brief release. A call in to new acting manager Stephen L Fletcher had not been returned by press time.

The Water Users was created by an act of Congress in 1902 in the same legislation that also created the Bureau of Reclamation and authorized the digging of the Gunnison tunnel. That single event, Catlin told audiences celebrating at the 100th anniversary of the tunnel’s opening in 2009, made Montrose and its agricultural bounty possible.

Since that diversion of Gunnison River water, the Water Users Association has built and managed over 575 miles of canals and lateral ditches, which supply irrigation water to over 80,000 acres of cropland. UVWUA, through Project 7, also supplies water to the three municipalities of Montrose, Delta and Olathe, as well as to Tri-County Water District for its rural pipelines.

More Uncompahgre River watershed coverage here and here.

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