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2018 Irrigation and Water Management Data Now Available

2018 Irrigation and Water Management Data Now Available

  WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2019 – There were 231,474 farms with 55.9 million irrigated acres, which included 83.4 million acre-feet of water applied in the United States, according to the 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey results, published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In 2013, the irrigation survey […]

Council Approves Water Infrastructure Improvements

Council Approves Water Infrastructure Improvements

    The Lamar City Council took steps to help improve a problem with groundwater infiltration in the area of Rancher’s Lift Station behind Rancher’s Supply on East Olive Street in Lamar. Groundwater (inflow and infiltration) is entering the sewer system negatively impacting the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The excess groundwater affects electricity costs, unnecessary […]

September 2019 Drought Update from CWCB

September 2019 Drought Update from CWCB

      August and September to date have both been warm, although the water year as a whole is the coldest since 2010. Above normal temperatures are predicted to continue in October. Recent months have also been dry although for the water year as a whole, precipitation ranges from average to above average statewide. […]

Holly Administrator Search Narrows

Holly Administrator Search Narrows

        The search for a new administrator for the Town of Holly has been narrowed to two candidates. Interim Administrator, Steven Rabe, told the Trustees Monday night, October 2nd, he will contact the two, Edward Patton of Sedgwick, Kansas and Michael Tanner from Barling, Arkansas, to set up interview dates to meet […]

2019-2020 Water Year Begins in Colorado

2019-2020 Water Year Begins in Colorado

    The State of Colorado began its 2019-2020 study of our drought situation this past Tuesday, October 1st noting that nearly 70% of Colorado is in the lowest level of drought classification, D-0 or ‘abnormally dry’.  This classification registers for 596,000 residents in the state or 12% and covers 42.4% of Colorado.  The only […]

Lamar City Council Moves Forward on Waste Water Project

Lamar City Council Moves Forward on Waste Water Project

  The City of Lamar is moving forward with a water quality improvement project as the city council ratified a phone poll for a WQIF grant for $243,300 with a local match of $30,350 for the completion of the project. The city owns a wastewater treatment facility headworks building, lift station and fine screen and […]

CWCB August 2019 Drought Update

CWCB August 2019 Drought Update

  August has been warmer than average across the majority of the state and each basin, except for the Republican basin, has experienced below average precipitation. The North American monsoon season has been disappointing in Colorado and other parts of the Southwestern U.S. The monsoon season sometimes results in beneficial moisture for south central Colorado […]

USACE - Albuquerque District Hosts flood Exercise for John Martin Dam

USACE – Albuquerque District Hosts flood Exercise for John Martin Dam

      Story by Ronna Schelby – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District LAMAR, Colorado – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Albuquerque District, hosted a tabletop exercise at Lamar Community College August 15, 2019. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate a variety of emergency and continuity plans USACE has […]

Annual Dog Day at Lamar Pool

Annual Dog Day at Lamar Pool

    Sometimes the dogs have better weather for their events than humans do. It was all sunshine this past Sunday, August 18th when the Lamar Municipal Pool opened their doors to all area dogs so they can frolic and owners can have some fun watching. This is the fourth year pool manager Carrie Smith […]

Colorado’s Boat Inspectors Overwhelmed by Mussel-infested Boats

Colorado’s Boat Inspectors Overwhelmed by Mussel-infested Boats

  DENVER, Colo. – The number of boats infected with mussels intercepted in Colorado by inspectors in 2019 is already even with the total from last year – and we’re only halfway through the boating season. “I am just being completely over-run by mussel infested boats,” said Robert Walters, CPW’s assistant manager for the aquatic […]

Southeast Colorado June, 2019 Climate Review, Precipitation Totals

Southeast Colorado June, 2019 Climate Review, Precipitation Totals

    June of 2019 continued to be a roller coaster month for weather across the state, with a few warm and dry spells followed by unseasonably cold and strong weather systems bringing rain, mountain snow and severe storms across the area. Accumulating snowfall was even recorded across the higher peaks on the first full […]

City Pays off Water Bond

City Pays off Water Bond

    Kristin McCrea, City Treasurer explained to the council, the city’s Series 2009 Water Activity Revenue Refunding Bonds were paid in full on June 17, 2019 and the balance is now down to $0.00 and there are no further obligations for the District to pay interest and principal on the bonds. The Water Bond […]

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Takes Southeast State Tour

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Takes Southeast State Tour

    Lamar Community College was the last stop of the evening for Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, this past Thursday, June 20th.  Greenberg, who has been Commissioner since the start of the year, held a meet and greet with area ag producers, ranchers and the public in general at the college’s library, capping […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Receives $5,696 to Improve Two Buttes State Wildlife Area Habitat

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Receives $5,696 to Improve Two Buttes State Wildlife Area Habitat

    DENVER – Today the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded a $5,696 grant to Area 12 of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to restore and diversify the area’s wildlife habitat. The grant is part of GOCO’s CPW Director’s Innovation Fund (DIF), a partnership between GOCO and CPW to create a funding source for […]

STATE OF THE WATER STATE

STATE OF THE WATER STATE

Drought Free Colorado   Water Year 2018 (Oct 2017- Sept 2018) was the warmest and second driest on record for Colorado, with significant loss to crops and livestock, and multiple large wildfires. Since the onset of the drought and throughout 2018, the State’s Drought Task Force, in collaboration with the Agricultural Impact Task Force has […]