Water – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 30 Jul 2020 18:46:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Water – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Water production drops while rainfall increases http://www.pagosasun.com/water-production-drops-while-rainfall-increases/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208067 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

From July 17 through July 23 of this year, water production totaled 17.27 million gallons, more than 3 million gallons less than that same timeframe last year.

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Hot and dry summer leads to increased water production http://www.pagosasun.com/hot-and-dry-summer-leads-to-increased-water-production/ Thu, 23 Jul 2020 21:00:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207811 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

Water production totaled over 21 million gallons from July 10 through July 16 of this year, coming in at 21.07 million gallons.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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One local lake full this week, water production remains over 20 million gallons http://www.pagosasun.com/one-local-lake-full-this-week-water-production-remains-over-20-million-gallons/ Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:02:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207511

SUN photo/Shari Pierce
The San Juan River running through downtown Pagosa Springs provides a source of recreation despite recent low levels. The river had a reported flow of 30.7 cfs Wednesday morning, with the average for July 15 being 308 cfs.

By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

As of Monday, only one local lake remained full, according to a press release from Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District Manager Justin Ramsey.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-224/ Thu, 28 May 2020 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204522 The following meetings are subject to change.

Thursday, May 28

Archuleta School District Board of Education work session — presentation of budget. 5 p.m., virtual meeting. See district website for participation information.

Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors special meeting. 5 p.m. Join Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81509746930?pwd=WEpHSUxtU0I4NG1pZEpscG4rMTFmZz09, meeting ID: 815 0974 6930, password: 073129.

Tuesday, June 2

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Wednesday, June 3

Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.

Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Thursday, June 4

Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m. Join Zoom virtual meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7186713647, meeting ID: 718 671 3647.

Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

 

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Virtual public meeting will discuss enhancing the San Juan River http://www.pagosasun.com/virtual-public-meeting-will-discuss-enhancing-the-san-juan-river/ Mon, 25 May 2020 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204091 By Al Pfister
Upper San Juan River Watershed
Enhancement Partnership

Whether you use the water of the San Juan River and its tributaries to recreate, irrigate, drink or for domestic needs, the Upper San Juan River Watershed Enhancement Partnership (WEP) invites community members to attend a virtual public meeting to share your water values and needs. We encourage you to join the conversation and be entered for a chance to win a gift certificate from Pagosa Brewing Company.

Since 2018, the WEP has been conducting activities, under the Colorado Water Plan, to investigate how the community can best utilize the Upper San Juan watershed’s resources for its many uses. 

Phase I established a steering committee of representatives from agricultural, environmental, recreational and municipal water groups to take the first steps at gathering community input and assessing how we can meet the multiple water uses and needs of the watershed. Our last article in The SUN a few weeks ago provided an overview of our past activities in Phase I, as well as what we hope to accomplish in Phase II. 

Starting this year, Phase II will provide an assessment to understand current and future conditions for the San Juan River, allowing the WEP and community to identify priority areas and explore cooperative, multi-beneficial projects. This meeting will discuss details on Phase II’s steps and the information being collected by the WEP, in partnership with Lotic Hydrological and the San Juan Conservation District, to assess environmental, recreation and agricultural water needs.

We firmly believe that successful implementation of the WEP’s efforts are dependent on local community input and involvement throughout the process. In order to get an accurate picture of our community’s water values and needs, we need to hear from all of you and will be hosting a virtual meeting on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn how to join the Zoom meeting via your phone (audio only) or computer (video presentations and audio) at http://www.mountainstudies.org/sanjuan/smp. 

If you are new to using Zoom, we offer helpful tips on our website to make it easy to join the meeting, share your perspective and help us understand how to enhance the many benefits offered by the San Juan River and its tributaries. Additional information of the WEP’s past and current activities can be found at http://www.mountainstudies.org/sanjuan/smp or by contacting Mandy Eskelson at mandy@mountainstudies.org or Al Pfister at westernwildscapes@gmail.com.

 

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-223/ Thu, 21 May 2020 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204031 The following meetings are subject to change.

Thursday, May 21

Pagosa Springs Urban Renewal Authority Commission meeting. See town website for participation information.

Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. See town website for participation information.

Tuesday, May 26

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96904926293, meeting ID: 969 0492 6293. Phone in using (346) 248-7799. 

Wednesday, May 27

Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St. and via Zoom online.

Thursday, May 28

Archuleta School District Board of Education work session — presentation of budget. 5 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St. 

Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors special meeting. 5 p.m., visit https://pagosapeakopenschool.org prior to meeting for more information and login information.

Tuesday, June 2

Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.

Wednesday, June 3

Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Thursday, June 4

Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m. Join Zoom virtual meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7186713647, meeting ID: 718 671 3647.

Monday, June 8

Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors meeting. 5 p.m., visit https://pagosapeakopenschool.org prior to meeting for more information and login information.

Tuesday, June 9

Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, virtual meeting. 

Wednesday, June 10

Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation meeting. 5:30 p.m., visit www.pagosaspringscdc.org for link to virtual meeting.

Thursday, June 11

Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.

Tuesday, June 23

Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96904926293, meeting ID: 969 0492 6293. Phone in using (346) 248-7799. 

Tuesday, June 30

Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 5 p.m., virtual meeting. 

Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Water future: Community input sought http://www.pagosasun.com/water-future-community-input-sought/ Sun, 10 May 2020 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203067 By Al Pfister
Special to The SUN

We are living in an age where we are facing drier and warmer times ahead. While we have had a few wet years over the past two decades, looking over that entire time span, we have been in a drought. We are currently in a severe drought with gradually worsening conditions in southern Colorado over the past few months. This scenario is believed to be a foreshadowing of our future.

The Colorado Water Plan, completed in December 2015, recognized these conditions and outlined numerous strategies to guide all water users in collaboratively addressing our challenging water future. 

One of those strategies was the development of stream management plans (SMPs). SMPs are intended to compile a community’s understanding of a watershed’s collective environmental, recreational, agricultural and municipal water needs, identifying information gaps, and promoting projects and processes that meet those needs and gaps.

In 2018, community representatives formed a group, now called the Upper San Juan Watershed Enhancement Partnership (WEP), to better understand current and future local water use and needs through the Colorado Water Plan’s SMP process. Funding for this local effort is provided by the state through Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), Southwest Basin Roundtable, San Juan Water Conservancy District, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs, Banded Peak Ranch and numerous other partners.

Envisioned as a three-phase process, the ultimate purpose of this effort to explore opportunities to conserve the Upper San Juan Basin streams and their uses with wide-ranging community support and decisions based on local input and current science and assessments. In order to ensure a broad representation of the community’s interests are brought forward and maintained through the process, a steering committee was formed. Representatives of agricultural, environmental, recreational, and municipal water users, private landowners, business owners, and local government comprise the steering committee.

While forming the steering committee and informing stakeholders about this endeavor, the local water users decided to call it the Upper San Juan Watershed Enhancement Partnership to recognize the voluntary and collaborative nature of this effort. Phase I, just completed, of this effort entailed formation of the steering committee and outreach to stakeholders, identification of our community’s collective values on issues, opportunities and the geographic scope of the WEP. Funding for Phase II has been obtained and is now awaiting formal approval from the CWCB in order to proceed with implementation.

Phase II will focus on assessing the environmental, recreational, and agricultural structural water needs and values of our community. We will be working with partners, San Juan Conservation District and Lotic Hydrological, to evaluate current and future water needs via community input and scientific analysis. Our goal is to complete an assessment that can prioritize projects and processes to meet those needs. This assessment will inform the development of an Integrated Water Management Plan that lists goals, potential projects and actions in Phase III, as determined by the local community. 

In order to accurately assess and identify projects that align with local values and needs, the WEP is again asking for community input throughout Phase II. To help the WEP and our partners better understand environmental, recreational and agricultural structure needs this year, our partners will be working directly with ditch companies, land owners, governmental agencies, as well as providing updates to the general public throughout the process. We greatly appreciate your involvement and input, helping our communities in the San Juan River Basin better prepare and secure our water future.

More detailed information on the WEP can be obtained at our website: http://www.mountainstudies.org/sanjuan/smp, or by contacting Al Pfister at (970) 985-5764.

 

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Water conservancy district to seek public comment regarding Running Iron Ranch property http://www.pagosasun.com/water-conservancy-district-to-seek-public-comment-regarding-running-iron-ranch-property/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=201976 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

Despite some initial pushback, on April 20, the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) approved a motion to submit a request for information (RFI) with three proposed reservoir sizes for the public to comment on regarding potential ideas for uses of the Running Iron Ranch property.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

 

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-219/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=201958 The following meetings are subject to change.

Thursday, April 23

Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Tuesday, April 28

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the log-in information.

Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96904926293, meeting ID: 969 0492 6293. Phone in using (346) 248-7799.

Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. See town website for participation information.

Wednesday, April 29

Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.

Thursday, April 30

Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Tuesday, May 5

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information. 

Wednesday, May 6

Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Thursday, May 7

Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.

Monday, May 11

Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.

Tuesday, May 12

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive. (Subject to cancellation due to COVID-19.)

Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, virtual meeting. 

Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.

Wednesday, May 13

Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 4 p.m., contact admin@pagosaspringscdc.org for Zoom meeting link. 

Thursday, May 14

Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.

Tuesday, May 19

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Wednesday, May 20

Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd. (Subject to cancellation due to COVID-19.)

Tuesday, May 26

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27

Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St. Subject to cancellation due to COVID-19.

Thursday, May 28

Archuleta School District Board of Education work session — presentation of budget. 5 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St. 

Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

 

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-218/ Thu, 16 Apr 2020 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=201536 The following meetings are subject to change.
Tuesday, April 21
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Thursday, April 23
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Tuesday, April 28
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the log-in information.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.

Thursday, April 30
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

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