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Below, you wil find the most recent articles in our newsletter.  Choose a month and year from the dropdown to jump to a particular month.

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...

September, 2015

  •  Lewis Lake captures water in the Lewis Lake basin, which is located near Telluride. A dam was constructed in 1903 to capture water in the lake and from there water was delivered by pipeline to the Lewis Mine and Mill, which was a gold mine and mill located downstream of...

May, 2015

  •  Steamboat Lake, located 28 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs, below historic Hahn’s Peak, was completed in 1968. The lake is filled with water from Mill Creek, Larsen Creek, Floyd Creek, Dutch Creek and Willow Creek. At 8,100 feet, surrounded by mountains and...

November, 2014

  • Platoro Dam is on the Conejos River about 1 mile upstream of the town of Platoro, Colorado. The dam was completed in 1951 and regulates the water supply for 81,000 acres of land irrigated by the Conejos Water Conservancy District (CWCD). Platoro Reservoir is used for flood...

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...

March, 2014

  • On March 3, 1895 the Home Supply Irrigation Dam was constructed on the Big Thompson River west of Loveland. It was designed in 1894 by John H. Nelson, a self-taught engineer who did not have the benefit of a college education. He always had aspirations of being an engineer and...

September, 2013

  •  Another Fall has arrived, which for many means the return to school, the raking of leaves, and the start of the harvest.   For the Applegate Group, Fall is associated with another task: the renewing of Substitute Water Supply Plans (SWSPs). The SWSP is a...
  •  The construction of the Shoshone Dam and Power Plant began in 1904, and the hydro power plant started operating in 1909. The Shoshone Dam diverts water through a tunnel to the Shoshone power plant, which is located two miles downstream on the Colorado River adjacent to...

June, 2013

  • Windy Gap Reservoir is located 2 miles west of Granby, Colorado. It is part of the Windy Gap Project. The project was first envisioned as the “Six Cities Project” by Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Greeley, Estes Park and Boulder in the 1960’s which was...

December, 2012

  • Owned and operated by the Denver Water Board, the Williams Fork Dam & Power Plant was constructed to provide mitigation to west slope water users whenever Denver diverts water during periods of downstream senior river calls and stores the water in Dillon Reservoir or water...

December, 2011

  • Morrow Point Dam and Reservoir is located in the upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison between Blue Mesa and Crystal Dams. Morrow Point Dam and Reservoir part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Wayne N. Aspinall Unit, which retains the waters of the Colorado River and its...

February, 2011

  • Carter Lake is the second largest reservoir in northeastern Colorado. It is the principal storage site for Colorado-Big Thompson Project deliveries to the south and east. Construction of Carter Lake began in 1950, stores over 110,000 ac-feet of water and is 180 deep at its...

November, 2010

  • Applegate Group was retained to design a new outlet for Windsor Lake. The addition of the outlet design allows Windsor Lake to function as an equalizer reservoir for the Greeley No. 2 canal, while providing flood storage for two distinct drainage basins in the Windsor area....

April, 2010

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  • DARCA Conference “Agricultural Water – Reinventing Strategies for a New World” is scheduled for February 10‐12 at the Double Tree Hotel in Durango, CO. A diverse group of speakers have been assembled including Bill McDonald, John Stulp and Doug Kemper. Please visit www.darca.org...

January, 2010

  • The Tacoma Hydroelectric Project is located about 20 miles north of Durango, Colorado, on a high intermountain plateau west of the Animas River in La Plata and San Juan Counties. Water for Tacoma Power Plant originates from three drainage basins: Cascade Creek, Little Cascade...

December, 2009

  • Lindsay George obtained her Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on groundwater hydrology, contaminant fate and transport. Her research was aimed at characterizing the subsurface using acoustic methods to aid in developing realistic groundwater models...
  • Well Design Permitting and construction oversight Groundwater modeling Coordinate groundwater exploration using test wells and geophysical methods. Geologic studies applied to groundwater Depletion studies Well feasibility Well yield estimations
  • Well Design Permitting and construction oversight Groundwater modeling Coordinate groundwater exploration using test wells and geophysical methods Geologic studies applied to groundwater Depletion studies Well feasibility Well yield estimations
  • There are a few ways to get your copy of Applegate Group’s 2010 calendar. You can request your calendar(s) to be mailed to you by clicking here trishabbey@applegateg...
  • Historically, the SEO has left the oversight of Coalbed Methane Gas wells up to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. However, the recent Supreme Court decision in Vance v. Wolf requires that produced water is subject to administration and well permitting from the...
  • Applegate Group, Inc. has extensive experience in writing grant applications for water projects. If you have a project that fits this program, we would be happy to assist you in the application process. For more information on this specific grant program please click here http...
  • Green Mountain Reservoir is located on the Blue River approximately twelve miles southeast of Kremmling. Constructed between 1938 and 1943 by the Bureau of Reclamation, the reservoir provides compensatory storage to West Slope residents for water that is diverted to the East...

November, 2009

  • There are a few ways to get your copy of Applegate Group’s 2010 calendar. You can request your calendar(s) to be mailed to you by clicking here trishabbey@applegategr...
  • Applegate Group, Inc. featured projects that owe their existence to three well known Colorado Water Buffaloes in their 2010 Calendar: W.D. Farr, Sam Maynes and John Fetcher. See below for articles relating to each: Sam Maynes http://www.jacolorado.org/content/view/99 http://...
  • Steamboat Lake, located 28 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs, Colorado below historic Hahn’s Peak, was completed in 1968. The lake is filled with water from Mill Creek, Larsen Creek, Floyd Creek, Dutch Creek and Willow Creek. At 8,100 feet, surrounded by mountains and...

October, 2009

  • Ames Hydro Power Plant located near Telluride Colorado obtains it part of its water from Trout Lake located near Lizard Head Pass. The power plant was the first generating station to produce and transmit alternating current in the world. The power plant was completed in 1891 and...
  • A report developed by the DOE’s Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory identified 91 sites for potential hydropower development at existing impoundments and diversions. The total estimated capacity of these sites was estimated at 782 MW. Because of the existing...
  • Colorado department of agriculture recently announcing $500,000 worth of funding toward feasibility studies, research and implementation of renewable energy in the agricultural community, including ditch companies. These grants have a minimum cost share of 10% of the total...

August, 2009

  • The Animas‐La Plata Project (ALP) was originally envisioned in 1968 to provide nearly 191,200 acre‐ft of water for irrigation, municipal, and industrial use. For the following 32 years, however, the project went through many changes and faced many challenges. Construction was...