The La Plata Water Conservancy District to turn dirt for the long-proposed Longhollow Reservoir


From The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):

The approval of an escrow agreement allows the La Plata Water Conservancy District to break ground on the Longhollow Reservoir. “It’s been 15 or 20 years,” Lee said Friday. “Things move slow, but we’re getting there.”

Groundbreaking could occur as early as next month, said Lee, president of the water district. The reservoir will be located just east of Colorado Highway 140 about five miles north of the New Mexico state line. It will store 5,400 acre-feet of water – 300 of them to help satisfy Colorado’s La Plata River obligation to New Mexico. The remainder is for irrigators in the arid southwest corner of La Plata County…

Longhollow Creek and drainage from Government Draw will fill the reservoir. The project will cost about $22.5 million.

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