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Sugarloaf Dam and Turquoise Lake

Publication Date: 
August, 2016

The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District was created under Colorado State Statutes on April 29, 1958, by the District Court of Pueblo, Colorado, for the purpose of developing and administering the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Congress authorized construction of the Project in 1962. The District extends along the Arkansas River from Buena Vista to Lamar, and along Fountain Creek from Colorado Springs to Pueblo. In addition to administering the Project repayment, the District makes supplemental water from the Project available for irrigation use and for municipal and domestic water suppliers. President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-590, which authorized the construction, operation and multipurpose Project. Sugarloaf Dam was constructed as part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Project from 1965-1968. Project water is delivered through the Charles Boustead Tunnel into Turquoise Lake. The reservoir stores water from the Homestake Project, the Busk-Ivanhoe System and the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project.