The Orchard City Irrigation District sets a 100% quota for the diversion season

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From the Delta County Independent (Hank Lohmeyer):

With Alfalfa Run and Dry Creek having gone on call two days earlier, the board of the Orchard City Irrigation District at a special meeting last Thursday set a 100 percent appropriation for district water users this year. The district last set a 100 percent appropriation for irrigators in the district two years ago…

OCID explains a 100 percent appropriation in terms of providing one cubic foot per second of irrigation water for each irrigated acre within the district. “There is plenty of water this year,” agreed board president Jeff Wick after hearing a report from the water commissioner’s office.

More Colorado River basin coverage here.

Cool photo of the week: Rainbows splashing into the Black Lakes during an Eagle River Water and Sanitation District stocking operation

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Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for a photo of the stocking operation from Diane Johnson at the district. Here’s the release. Here’s an excerpt:

On July 6, the District coordinated the second stocking of 2,500 pounds of 10-16 inch long rainbow trout into the two Black Lakes, located adjacent to Interstate 70 near the Vail Pass exit. The first 2,500 pounds of trout were stocked on June 21. The fishery supplying the trout says the 5,000 pounds equates to about 2,000 fish.

The trout are raised by a Boulder based fishery that is licensed and health inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW). The DOW annually tests the fishery’s trout to assure each lot is healthy and free of disease.

The District stocks the lakes annually with “catchable rainbow trout” under the terms of a 1986 agreement with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. The two cold water reservoirs are operated as part of the water supply system developed by the District, which serves the Town of Vail and by contract, the communities of EagleVail through Cordillera.

At various times of the year, the District releases water from the two lakes which flows down Black Gore Creek and into Gore Creek, which runs throughout the Town of Vail. The released water augments Gore Creek streamflows and can be used per District water rights. The Colorado DOW partners with the District to operate Black Lake 2 in support of fishing, wildlife habitat, and recreation.

More Gore Creek watershed coverage here and here.