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Drought Contingency Plan – Update


Revised Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) is available below.

The attached version shows the redline changes incorporating public comments.  This includes the appendices where Appendix C contains all the public comments.  A revised schedule is included in the September 6, 2017 Harris Water Engineering Memo.  From this point forward the MVIC & DWCD Boards will direct the DCP to a final version for Reclamation review.  Any further comments should be directed to the appropriate Board.

Letter to Boards for review updated draft Plan

Draft Dolores Project Drought Contingency Plan with red lines 20170906

Appendix A and documents

Appendix B and documents

Appendix C coverpage

Public Comments 1 of 2

Public Comments 2 of 2


Drought Contingency Plan-Update

DWCD will host a public meeting to discuss McElmo concerns with the current Draft Drought Contingency Plan.

McElmo Public Meeting

7:00 PM Monday July 17, 2017

DWCD Cortez Office 60 S. Cactus Street

Final comments are now due July 21, 2017 for future consideration by the MVIC and DWCD Boards, tentatively scheduled for September.

Comments are being collected by: Harris Water Engineering 954 East Second Av. Durango, CO 81301 or via email at A copy of the plan is available at





July 2017 Board Meetings DWCD Board Meeting – July 13
MVIC Board Meeting – July 11
Board Comments Due July 21 by EOD
Public Comments Due July 21 by EOD
Planning Task Force Reviews Comments July 31
August 2017 Comments Matrix with recommendations from the Planning Task Force on how each comment will be addressed in the Plan DWCD Board Meeting – August 10
MVIC Board Meeting – August 8
September 2017 Boards review, modify, and approve how each comment is addressed DWCD Board Meeting – September 14
MVIC Board Meeting – September 12
HWE incorporates comments in the next draft of the Plan Ongoing in September
Optional: Comments and recommendations posted on the website September 18
October 2017 Redlined and clean versions of the Plan provided to the Boards for review DWCD Board Meeting – October 12
MVIC Board Meeting – October 10
November 2017 Discuss with Boards any additional comments to be incorporated DWCD Board Meeting – November 9
MVIC Board Meeting – November 14
Final draft of Plan submitted to Bureau of Reclamation for review November 17
January 2018 Boards review any comments provided by Bureau of Reclamation; possible Boards’ action of acceptance of the Plan (depending on level of comments received) DWCD Board Meeting – January 9
MVIC Board Meeting – January 11
February 2018 Possible Boards’ action of acceptance of the Plan DWCD Board Meeting – February 8
MVIC Board Meeting – February 13
March 2018 Final Plan due to Bureau of Reclamation March 31


Drought Contingency Plan

A draft Drought Contingency Plan was prepared for the Dolores Project. The DWCD received a Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART grant to fund the preparation of the draft Drought Contingency Plan. The DWCD along with Montezuma Irrigation Company and Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch participated in the Planning Task Force, which also included representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation and Division of Water Resources. The Planning Task Force met regularly to discuss and develop the content to be included in the draft plan. The draft plan is a comprehensive evaluation of mitigation and response actions to reduce water shortages and provide greater drought resiliency for Dolores Project water users.

Please provide your comments by email to: Comments are due no later than close of business on June 23, 2017. A public meeting will be held on June 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the DWCD Cortez Office, 60 South Cactus, Cortez CO. The purpose of the meeting is to collect comments and facilitate dialogue surrounding the draft plan. All are welcome to attend! Thank you for your time in reviewing the document.

Letter Requesting Public Comment

Draft Dolores Project Drought Contingency Plan

Appendix A to Draft Dolores Project Drought Contingency Plan