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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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Water Education Colorado

Headwaters magazineRead feature articles on Southwestern Colorado below or view the full issue online by flipping through or downloading the magazine.

Colorado's Newest Water Storage Project is Taking Shape

Animas-La Plata is Colorado's most recent federally-funded water storage project. In fact, ALP's Ridges Basin Dam, now under construction just south of Durango, is the only dam in the nation the Bureau of Reclamation is currently building ‘from the ground up.’

Read more: Colorado's Newest Water Storage Project is Taking Shape

Dry Wells in La Plata County

By Cris Meyer

Naturally limited water resources, drought and growth team up to send southern La Plata County on the hunt for new water supplies

Wells are going dry in La Plata County. And even though the Animas-La Plata Project currently under construction just outside Durango will be dedicated exclusively to tribal and municipal water use, it will not satisfy all of the county's demands for potable drinking water.

Read more: Dry Wells in La Plata County

The Dolores Project and Water for Everyone

Abundant snows making Telluride a ski mecca, melt into the headwaters of the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers and begin their westward journey. Yet once these waters reach the lower mesas and rolling hills of the Colorado Plateau, they are quickly in short supply.

Read more: The Dolores Project and Water for Everyone

Solutions for a Troubled River

Strategies to improve flows in the lower Dolores River have been under discussion for decades, most ending in acrimony. Yet in 2002, when flows at the Slick Rock gage below McPhee Dam dropped below one cubic foot per second, it became obvious that dialog needed to resume. Collaborating with Dolores Water Conservancy District former general manager Steve Arveschoug (and now former manager John Porter), Chuck Wanner of the San Juan Citizen's Alliance and members of the newly-formed Dolores River Coalition agreed to sit down and attempt to find solutions to how best to manage the shallow waters of the lower Dolores River.

Read more: Solutions for a Troubled River

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise

By Dan MacArthur

An old tribal legend holds that a Ute chief once stood in the San Juan Mountains and proclaimed that all lands touched by the water belonged to his people.

Read more: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise

A Lifetime Project

The Late Sam Maynes Fought Ferociously Throughout His Storied Career

By Russell Martin

Legendary water attorney Sam Maynes absolutely hated to lose, he always was quick to confess to friends and colleagues: something that goes a good distance toward explaining why the Durango lawyer who died in July was so successful during his remarkable and oftentimes controversial 46-year career.

Read more: A Lifetime Project

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