Archuleta County agencies are discussing forming a Growing Water Smart (GWS) workgroup

From The Pagosa Sun (Chris Mannara):

Members of multiple Archuleta County agencies met on Jan. 17 to come to a consensus on working together as part of a Growing Water Smart (GWS) workgroup.

Members of the Pagosa Springs Town Council, Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC), Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD), San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD), Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association board (PLPOA) and Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) were all participants of the work session.

Town Planning Director James Dickhoff and PAWSD Manager Jus- tin Ramsey began the work session by giving information on the GWS workshop held in September.

According to documentation provided at the work session, the workshop was attended by a seven member community team from Archuleta County.

The workshop was held by the Sonoran Institute and focused on integrating land use and water resource planning.

After the three-day workshop concluded, the Archuleta County team concluded that in order to implement the goals of the Colorado Water Plan, better collaboration among the separate government entities was needed…

Town council member Mat de- Graaf noted that this workgroup would be helpful for each individual organization to use funds as effi- ciently as possible.

“That happens when we’re all on the same page, understanding who is doing what and why,” deGraaf said.

PFPD board member David Blake then added that it would define the availability of water and service needs for the fire district.

“None of us want to waste time, energy, or money. Because, basically, we’re all using tax money to try and get something good done,” SJWCD board member Ray Finney said.

SJWCD board member Al P ster also added that it would allow each organization to identify challenges and obstacles earlier.

Moving forward with the work session, Curgus then asked the group about any challenges with the collaboration.


Coordinating each of the various member’s meeting schedules was noted as a challenge by town council member Nicole DeMarco.

deGraaf then noted that each organization may have differing perspectives on which way the data set is veering.

“Can anyone think of an example where one entity may like that it’s veering in one way?” deGraaf asked.

The work session then transitioned to a variety of topics ranging from the benefits of a collective data source to how the workgroup should function.

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