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Orchard City trustees disagree on drought actions

After making some adjustments to the agenda, the Orchard City Board of Trustees began its Dec. 5 work session by continuing the discussion on tiny home building regulations. "The hope is to ease some of the restrictions on building a normal home," said Mayor Ken Volgamore.

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OC task force recommends drought indicators, actions

This summer a group of 14 community members and three trustees convened to tackle a drought task force for Orchard City. The goal of the group was to review, analyze and discuss the domestic water system to "enhance the measures used in foretelling a future potential 'drought.' "

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Colorado River District representative discusses drought contingency planning

Tom Alvey, representing the Colorado River District, met with Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber at their Nov. 5 meeting to give them an update regarding water availability from Lake Powell and Lake Mead to water users in the Upper Basin states and the Lower Basin states.

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Drought restrictions lifted in Cedaredge

During an Oct. 18 regular meeting the Cedaredge Board of Trustees approved a variety of measures.

In an action closely anticipated by town residents, the trustees approved a resolution rescinding the special drought rates that have been charged to town water users as well as the watering restrictions imposed over the past few months.

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Drought resilience requires investment
Drought resilience requires investment

If it hadn't been for the salts in the soils beneath his farm near Hotchkiss, Tom Kay (TK) likely would not have been able to fully irrigate his corn field this past summer. Because he has salty soils, TK was able to get government assistance to replace an old flood irrigation system with a center-pivot sprinkler system several years ago.

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Drought task force wraps up policy recommendations

At the Sept. 12 regular meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees, the drought task force presented an update on its progress. Previously it created a list of categories for evaluating drought need.

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Drought task force moves to phase two

After six weeks discussing drought condition indicators, the Orchard City drought task force is preparing to move to phase two of its plan. This phase will focus on developing guidelines for conserving and reducing water use should a drought be declared.

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Information on previous droughts delays task force progress

At the Aug. 21 meeting for the Orchard City drought task force, the agenda was to narrow down criteria for normal conditions in the previously established set of drought condition categories. These categories cover current springs and winter supply flow and demand, reservoir carry over, and moisture equivalencies.

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Task force tackles drought policy

Drought: a word that strikes worry into any farmer, garden enthusiast or lawn lover. For the Town of Orchard City, it's also a word meaning increased water rates, water conservation efforts and this year, a drought task force.

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Cedaredge drought response draws doubts
Cedaredge drought response draws doubts

Although the town of Cedaredge board of trustees has been monitoring the current drought situation since last year when it was clear that winter snows were lagging, and although the trustees have been discussing the drought in public meetings and taking actions to convince citizens to conserve water and avoid using up water reserves, constituents attending the town's regular meeting on July 19 had their doubts about the town's efforts.

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OC establishes drought task force

The Town of Orchard City has created a drought task force to develop a new drought policy for the future. An invitation to join the task force was sent to citizens last month as part of their water bill.

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Cedaredge sets budget calendar

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, July 12. The work session was a discussion-only meeting with no action taken.

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Alvey: Drought is as bad as Delta County has seen

Tom Alvey, the Delta County representative on the Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD) board, provided an update on CRWCD activities and water-related issues in Delta County to county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes at the commissioners July 2 meeting.

Alvey said the drought situation is very bad, as bad as Delta County has ever seen it.

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Drought places agriculture under stress

As the Southwest keeps getting hotter and drier, people who rely on the Colorado River and its tributaries for their livelihoods are facing the prospect of having to make due with less water. The impacts of reduced supplies will play out differently in different parts of the basin, but they will touch everyone.

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Orchard City declares 'critical' water shortage

At last week's regular meeting the Orchard City Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring a "critical water supply shortage by reason of drought and setting mandatory water conservation measures." The drought resolution and other water issues dominated the meeting.

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Cedaredge to consider drought restrictions June 21

The Cedaredge Board of Trustees will consider moving into Stage II drought restrictions at its Thursday, June 21, regular meeting. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Grand Mesa Room of the Cedaredge Civic Center.

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Paonia residents asked to conserve their water use

The Town of Paonia is asking residents to conserve water usage as the heat of summer arrives and a less than normal spring runoff ends.

At the June 12 board meeting town administrator Ken Knight told the trustees that the results of the drought are quickly becoming apparent.

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Hotchkiss implements water restrictions

The Town of Hotchkiss is exercising caution by instituting odd-even outdoor watering restrictions for the town's residents.

Public works director Mike Owens said he's been assured Leroux Creek water supplies are sufficient, even at 55 percent, but noted usage in early June jumped substantially.

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North Fork towns consider water conservation measures

In May, the US Department of Agriculture designated Delta and Montrose counties as primary disaster areas due to recent losses and damage caused by the ongoing drought.

In light of the ongoing dry conditions and the end of spring runoff, North Fork area municipalities are considering how best to address possible shortages.

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As drought worsens, Cedaredge officials urge water conservation

Abnormal dryness, or drought, is currently affecting approximately 2.2 million people in Colorado, which is about 44 percent of the state's population. Utility customers within the Town of Cedaredge are part of that 44 percent.

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Drought brings disaster designation for Delta County

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Delta and Montrose counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. The designation follows a similar announcement for Mesa County.

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Cedaredge work session highlights drought concerns

The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees met for a brief executive session and a longer work session on Thursday, May 10. The purpose of the executive session was stated as being "to determine positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations; and instructing negotiators."

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Disaster declaration due to drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Mesa and Otero counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in contiguous counties, including Delta County, also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

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Cedaredge begins Stage 1 of drought response plan

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees recognizes that drought is a natural on-going situation in Colorado and a phenomenon that has recurred regularly throughout Colorado's history, and

WHEREAS, a Drought Response Plan was adopted with Resolution 12-2012 Sept. 20, 2012 and

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Planning for drought and for drier future
Planning for drought and for drier future

Looking up at the Grand Mesa from Grand Junction in early April, it's good to see snow on its flanks. For too much of this past winter, they have been bare. Skiers felt the pain of the dry winter early; fish and ranchers will feel it this summer.

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Farmers, ranchers brace for drought
Farmers, ranchers brace for drought

Western Colorado is facing an "epic" low water year, due to a relatively warm, dry winter. Snowpack in the Upper Gunnison Basin is at 63 percent of average. Grand Mesa is at less than 50 percent, with Surface Creek forecast with one of the lowest runoffs in the state.

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Cedaredge trustees review drought strategies

On Feb. 8 the Cedaredge Board of Trustees held a special meeting and a work session. During the special meeting the trustees unanimously approved a proposal by Mayor Gene Welch to appoint all trustees -- excluding the mayor -- to serve as members of the town administrator application review committee.

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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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