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Paonia in-town water main project on schedule
Paonia in-town water main project on schedule

The Town of Paonia's water system improvement project is on schedule and within budget, according to Paonia Public Works Director, Travis Loberg. The three-phase project involves replacement of about 5,600 lineal feet of water main line and associated repairs and upgrades.

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Well water testing offered

The Delta County Environmental Health Department last week presented an update on a free well and spring water testing program available to private well and spring water users in the six-county Region 10 area.

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Colorado River District's annual water seminar to be held in GJ

The Colorado River District's popular one-day annual water seminar in Grand Junction takes place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The theme is: "Points of No Return."

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Orchard City citizens speak out on water, marijuana, finance

Orchard City constituents turned out for the town board's Aug. 9 meeting with comments offered to their government on management of the water utility, on marijuana businesses, and on the town board's fiscal responsibility.

Dave Stueck offered comments on the town water utility.

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Hotchkiss receives water quality reporting violation
Hotchkiss receives water quality reporting violation

The Town of Hotchkiss received a violation notice this month from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment because not all town water users submitted results of their backflow prevention devices. The health department requires municipalities, and by extension individual water users, to annually test the devices.

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An important week for Western water users

The beneficial use of water in Colorado has a long history. It can be traced back to the mid 1800s, when people started settling the land that would become Colorado and the Western United States.

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Funding available for lower Gunnison irrigation projects

The Colorado River District has announced an additional funding opportunity (up to a total of $1.8 million) for the planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects in the Lower Gunnison Project area for qualifying applicants.

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An 'average wet year' reported
An 'average wet year' reported

Regional water managers reporting at the annual State of the River meeting in Montrose on May 31 see a fully adequate water year ahead, one which was characterized as "an average wet year."

Presenting an update on several local drainages, Bob Hurford, engineer for state water division 4, reported that the Uncompahgre River drainage "has a big snow pack."

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Funding available for agricultural hydropower projects

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are seeking applicants for on-farm agricultural hydropower projects. The total amount of available assistance for this round is $1.2 million.

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Water study meeting tonight

The Town of Cedaredge will host an information meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 24, to share the results of a water and sewer rate study. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Community (Civic) Center at 140 NW 2nd Street.

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Historian will discuss state's water struggles

The Mesa County Historical Society and the Museums of Western Colorado presents its monthly oral history program Thursday, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. The presentation will take place at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. 4th Street, Grand Junction.

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Valley Voices looks at water

On Friday, April 21, join the members of the North Fork community at the Blue Sage Center of the Arts for a crucial talk on the future of our water as part of The Blue Sage's seasonal speaker series, Valley Voices.

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Valley Voices: Water security and storage in the North Fork Valley

After a relatively warm and dry winter, the local streams are already flowing and snow is melting from the mountains. Whether you're in town and part of the local water supply, a farmer that depends on reservoir water or simply concerned about the growing uncertainty of water supply, recent record-breaking temperatures may have you wondering about the future.

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Ditch company planning grants available

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has approved funding for ditch companies to defray the cost of engineering services to prepare preliminary project plans and feasibility studies for USBR's 2017 FOA.

Applications are to be submitted to Delta Conservation District with selection review to be coordinated with CWCB and the Gunnison Basin salinity coordinator.

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Cedaredge eyes bond refinancing

Cedaredge trustees were scheduled on Tuesday this week to consider an ordinance authorizing issuance of $2.7 million in water revenue bonds which will be paid off by residents' water billings.

The bonds are a refinance of an existing USDA loan and they also provide new money to settle the $175,000 court mediated agreement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association over its ownership interest in the Cedaredge water utility.

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Diversion dam removal aids in migration of native fish species
Diversion dam removal aids in migration of native fish species

A Delta area family with a concern for the health of a neighboring stream is being credited by wildlife officials for helping reopen Roubideau Creek to native fish populations.

Scott Dillon and his son, Doug, have a water right that comes out of Roubideau Creek for the ranch they have owned

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Funding available for Gunnison Basin irrigation projects

The Colorado River District has announced that it is making $1.8 million available to qualifying agricultural producers for planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects that address identified resource concerns in the Lower Gunnison Basin. Landowners within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork and Uncompahgre project areas will be considered for grant funding.

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Loan refinance for settlement will save money

Trustees say that a complicated refinancing of an existing loan needed for $175,000 to pay a settlement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) will save money in the long run. However, payments will increase significantly in the near term because the proposed deal which carries a low rate also has a shorter payoff period.

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Crawford works to keep the water flowing

The Town of Crawford is just over $16,000 away from being in the red in its water fund, Public Works Director Bruce Bair told the council last week. "We're not in the hole, but we will be if we don't address this issue," he told trustees.

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Cedaredge still working on water payoff financing

The Town of Cedaredge is still working on financing a way for paying $175,000 to Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) in a court-mediated settlement agreement

The payment was to have been made by the end of 2016, according to documents.

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Orchard City deals with water service issues

The Orchard City Town Board has dealt with several one-of-a-kind customer service issues recently.

The problems the town has encountered with meeting water customer requests have different causes. One involves the 17-lot La Habra II subdivision; a failed development proposal that dates back to the 1970s.

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Farmers participate in drought planning effort
Farmers participate in drought planning effort

It's been very dry in Colorado's mountains this fall. It's still early, and the snowpack could catch up to "normal," but when I flew over those mountains on Nov. 15, they were brown. Just the barest dusting of white covered the highest ridges and north-facing slopes.

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Paonia water, sewer services will be on Dec. 13 agenda

The Town of Paonia's proposed new water and sewer ordinances, along with resolutions for water and sewer rate increases, will be on the Dec. 13 agenda. After discovering inconsistencies in language and definitions between the current and proposed ordinances at the Nov. 22 meeting, as well as confusion as to which version of the water ordinance was the most recent, trustees voted to table all four agenda items.

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Field tour visits small hydro power project
Field tour visits small hydro power project

On the morning of Aug. 30 a field tour sponsored by the Delta Conservation District left the Delta County Fairgrounds in route to Powell Mesa. Its destination: A newly installed small-hydro power generation facility just north of Hotchkiss that has benefitted by years of work to enable inspection and approval of small hydropower facilities in Colorado.

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Irrigated agriculture producers surveyed about water leasing

Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA) has released a report summarizing the results of a survey of irrigated agricultural producers about leasing water. CCA's Ag Water NetWORK initiated the survey, which was conducted to better understand the interests, concerns and perspectives of agricultural water right holders about the topic of ag water right leasing.

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UVWUA completes hydroelectric plant

The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association announces the completion of the Drop 5 hydroelectric plant. Contractors started testing the plant the week of Aug. 8 and commercial generation started Aug. 12.

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Directors offer views on mediation settlement

Directors of the member-owned Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) last week asked the Delta County Independent to attend an Aug. 8 board meeting and sit in on a discussion of the association's position in the water utility ownership mediation with the Town of Cedaredge.

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Cedaredge works out settlement with water group

Meeting on July 21, the Cedaredge Town Board voted to inform the Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) that the town will not pursue further litigation in its water utility ownership dispute with the private domestic water provider.

In addition, the town board stated that a decision will be made on Dec. 12 regarding which of two mediation options it will choose.

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$175,000 sought for water fund

The Cedaredge Town Board, at its July 14 work session, is set to review a proposal to allocate by resolution an extra $175,000 for the town's water fund for 2016.

According to the proposed resolution, the extra $175,000 appropriated for the water fund would come from "loans, transfers, or water revenue bonds to be in place by Dec. 31."

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Water Smart Grants have big impact on local users
Water Smart Grants have big impact on local users

Last month the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced funding of the Water Smart Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for fiscal year 2016. The funds are made up of $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for a total of $47.2 million.

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State of the rivers reported for the Gunnison Basin

Water managers for the Gunnison Basin are saying that with predicted inflows to Blue Mesa of 525,000 to 580,000 acre feet, this year's water yield is classified as an "average dry" year.

Information on the current state of the Gunnison Basin water supplies was provided by state and federal officials at the annual Gunnison Basin State of the River report in Montrose on Monday.

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Paonia approves water project

At the May 24 town board meeting, Paonia trustees passed a resolution to accept a petition for annexation of two parcels on Samuel Wade Road.

The petition was submitted by Andrew Thliveris. The two parcels, located across from the Paonia Library, total about 2.54 acres and are currently zoned agricultural.

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Report looks at 'use it or lose it' provisions
Report looks at 'use it or lose it' provisions

The "use it or lose it" feature of Colorado water law is often blamed for discouraging farmers and ranchers from taking efficiency and conservation measures that could benefit the environment or ease the supply/demand imbalance on the Colorado River. However, a report released in February by the Colorado Water Institute argues that misinterpretations of the law are a bigger disincentive than the law itself.

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Paonia finalizes water ordinance

At the April 12 board meeting, and after six months of consideration and revision, Paonia trustees adopted Ordinance 2016-01, which governs the provisions of the town's water service, water taps, rate and fees structures. In December, the rate portion of the ordinance was approved under emergency measures in order to meet the requirements of the 2016 budget.

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UVWUA begins diverting water

The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association has started to divert water from the Uncompahgre River into the Montrose-Delta Canal. The association began diverting water in the Ironstone Canal on March 25, and from the Gunnison River through the Gunnison Tunnel on March 28.

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Approvals flow for Paonia water projects
Approvals flow for Paonia water projects

Work should begin soon on the Third Street water line replacement and water delivery system upgrades projects on Lamborn Mesa after Paonia trustees approved related proposals at the March 8 board meeting.

Funding comes from the original $6 million water distribution improvement project and money that was shifted from water storage projects to water distribution projects, said town manager Jane Berry.

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Water picture is looking positive
Water picture is looking positive

The water picture for the coming year has a definitely positive look at present.

Though February hasn't been a good month for adding to the Grand Mesa snowpack, water supplies there are above normal for this time of year.

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CMS water course begins Feb. 18

When you hear about climate change and increasing competition for limited water supplies, do you ever wonder what that means for you and for our community?

The upcoming three-evening water course offered by the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University seeks to help answer that question.

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Town adopts new water connect rules

The Cedaredge Town Board has adopted an ordinance providing for installation of backflow prevention devices on town water taps where cross-connection contamination could occur.

The first new ordinance of 2016 outlines the program called "Public Services, Water Service System, Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Program."

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Study session held to clean up water ordinance

In a special study session held Jan. 12, the Paonia Board of Trustees began the process of cleaning up language associated with the town's emergency water ordinance, which was adopted Dec. 8.

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Reservoir evaporation a big challenge
Reservoir evaporation a big challenge

Water managers in Colorado and the West, scrambling to meet the growing demand for increasingly scarce water supplies caused by large populations far from water resources, climate change and drought, need to focus more effort on conserving water, including addressing reservoir evaporation, say University of Colorado Boulder researchers.

While reducing water consumption has been successful in places like Denver and much of California, the loss of water from reservoir evaporation is an issue already affecting the growing population of the West, said CU-Boulder associate professor Katja Friedrich.

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Water district accepting grant applications now

The Colorado River District is now accepting applications for grant funding to assist projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. Applications are due Jan. 29, 2016.

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Water district accepting grant applications now

The Colorado River District is now accepting applications for grant funding to assist projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. Applications are due Jan. 29. The total amount available for the 2016 competitive grant program is $150,000.

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Water quality study provides baseline data for North Fork

A recently completed two-year study shows surface, spring and groundwater samples collected throughout the North Fork area testing below method federal detection limits for a list of major ions, metals and volatile organic compounds that can occur during the process known as hydraulic fracturing.

The results of the study are contained in the recently released "2014-2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report."

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Habitat replacement funded by salinity projects
Habitat replacement funded by salinity projects

Major improvements to local irrigation ditches began in 1998 with the piping of laterals off the South Canal in the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users delivery system and now include over 100 miles of pipeline.

The Grandview Canal outside Crawford received Bureau of Reclamation funds in 2008 to install a section of pressurized pipeline, the first such project in the North Fork area.

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Action is now the key to Colorado's Water Plan

We should all truly celebrate. Two years after the governor's executive order, we finally have a Colorado Water Plan that lays out measurable objectives and metrics to help guide us toward a secure water future.

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Water issues dominate Farm Bureau meeting
Water issues dominate Farm Bureau meeting

Presentations on two important pending water issues were featured as the Delta County Farm and Livestock Bureau held its annual meeting and banquet at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on Nov. 6.

Area ag producer and Colorado Farm Bureau board member Hugh Sanburg updated members on the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule.

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Issues to watch with Colorado's Water Plan

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is set to deliver Colorado's Water Plan to the governor on or before Dec. 19.

At the October meeting of the Colorado River District board, general manager Eric Kuhn said that the major policy question is "what happens next?"

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Grant provides well water testing

A $547,000 grant will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.

Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

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End sought to 35-year wilderness status

The Board of County Commissioners has issued position statements recently on various local issues. They include ending the long-running wilderness study area (WSA) status for local public lands, and ideas for inclusion in Colorado's Water Plan.

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Farm improvements yield rebate
Farm improvements yield rebate

Delta-Montrose Electric Association recently issued its first ever variable speed drive rebate.

Randy Meaker of Montrose installed a 50-horsepower variable speed drive pump on his irrigation system, which resulted in a $2,350 rebate from DMEA.

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Paonia water users urged to prepare for water main breaks
Paonia water users urged to prepare for water main breaks

The Town of Paonia is urging town water users to collect potable water after several water main breaks occurred over the weekend, resulting in brief disruptions in service.

The town's infrastructure has experienced at least 80 breaks this year, according to town manager Jane Berry.

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Grant targets well water safety

A $547,000 grant will will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.

Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

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Water district seeks to 'de-Bruce'

The North Fork Water Conservancy District is asking voters to approve a change in the use of the district's mill levy to allow it to access state funds for needed repair and maintenance projects, and to leverage grants.

Ballot question 4A of the Nov. 3 coordinated election seeks to "de-bruce" funding restrictions created by the state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).

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North Fork water district has ballot question

Residents of the North Fork Water Conservancy District will have a ballot question to consider in this fall's election. To help understand the issue, the district issued the following:

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Water line project delayed due to high bids

Cedaredge's Greenwood Avenue water line won't be replaced this year as had been originally hoped.

The leak-plagued water line has kept town crews busy digging and patching at least several times a year the past few years, according to public works staff who delivered bad news on the project to the town trustees at an Oct. 8 special meeting.

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Cedaredge works on water storage

Cedaredge public works department crews have been laboring to repair some of the town's Grand Mesa Reservoirs that have sustained various kinds of damage over years, making them unsuitable for holding water.

According to town officials speaking at a recent budget workshop, the Governor's office is compiling a list of abandoned reservoirs.

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Are local water users adapting to scarcity?

Since the early 2000s, use of Colorado River Basin water has exceeded the amount of rain and snow that's fallen into the basin ­-- hence the famous bathtub rings at lakes Powell and Mead, as their water levels dip ever lower.

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Water reports show progress on system

Orchard City continues to make strides in its program of minimizing leaks that cause lost water and lost money from its sprawling domestic water utility.

Evidence of success in its efforts came from two reports presented to town trustees at their Aug. 12 meeting.

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Comment on second draft of water plan by Sept. 17

Are you concerned about how Colorado will balance the water needs of cities, farms and the environment in coming decades? If so, you have an opportunity to make your voice heard by state water leaders.

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Orchard City told new flood rules are needed

Orchard City's town government has been advised by a state water official that it has to revise a 2010 ordinance dealing with construction in floodplains, but town officials have questions.

Orchard City Trustees wondered whether other municipalities in the area had received the same instructions on changing their local floodplain ordinances.

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OCID board ups allocation

The Orchard City Irrigation District (OCID) board, meeting last week, increased its water share allocation to 130 percent. The previous allocation was 80 percent.

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Beware of government 'freebies'
Beware of government 'freebies'

I read with great interest the DCI article entitled "Piping is changing the rural landscape" (July 8).

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A boondoggle
A boondoggle

We read, with much interest, Pat Sunderland's excellent article about the pipeline (salinity) project.

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