Click the link to read the article on the Pagosa Springs Sun website (Derek Kutzer). Here’s an excerpt:
The reservoir would be a joint project between SJWCD and the PAWSD called the San Juan River Headwaters Project. In 2008, SJWCD and PAWSD collaborated on the purchase of the property, also known as Running Iron Ranch, with the goal to even- tually build a water storage facility on the parcel of land, which is more than 600 acres. The proposed reservoir would be an “off-channel” water storage facility being fed by a pre-existing agricultural ditch, Park Ditch…
According to the district’s strategic plan, “In 2004, the District and PAWSD applied for a junior water right for a larger reservoir in Dry Gulch, a refill right, and specific filling sources and rates for it. Trout Unlimited opposed those claims, leading to protracted litigation and new standards from the Colorado Supreme Court for evaluating conditional water rights owned by municipal providers. The District, PAWSD, and Trout Unlimited eventually stipulated to a decree providing for a maximum storage capacity of 11,000 acre-feet for Dry Gulch Reservoir and other limitations on its use.”
More recently, SJWCD sought more accurate information on projections for future water needs, hiring the Lakewood-based water consultant company Wilson Water Group to conduct the analysis. The resulting study was a 24- page “analysis of current and future water supply and demand through 2050 in the Upper San Juan River basin.”
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HI John… this article in the Pagosa Springs SUN was misleading, although perhaps accidentally so. The San Juan Water Conservancy District board did, in fact, vote to target an 11,000 acre-foot reservoir at Dry Gulch… but the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District, the owner of the property where the reservoir would be built, as NOT adopted or approved any plans to would allow a reservoir, of any size, to be built there. Nor does the SUN article mention that SJWCD has no funding to build a reservoir.
Thanks for letting me know.