Apple Gate

Twin Lakes Reservoir

Publication Date: 
April, 2014

Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District (UAWCD) was founded in 1979. Its mission is to acquire and preserve for present and future use all water rights available in the Upper Arkansas Valley, for use within the Valley, whether municipal, agricultural, industrial or domestic, and to seek every possible means to increase the water supply available within the District. A major portion of water used by the UAWCD comes from the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project water that UAWCD stores in Twin Lakes, Pueblo, and Turquoise Reservoirs. The water is used for augmentation of depletions due to wells in the District. Twin Lakes Reservoir was enlarged as part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1978-1980. Water from the Project is delivered to Twin Lakes Reservoir through the Mt. Elbert Power Plant, which is shown at left in the photo taken during the plant’s construction. The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District holds the water rights for all of the Project facilities except Ruedi Reservoir.