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Forest Service files water rights

The U.S. Forest Service has filed an application to perfect a portion of the Animas Service Area water right owned by La Plata County and the Southwestern Water Conservation District.

The application was filed in District Court, Water Division 7, on Nov. 29 as confirmation of a number of historic existing water uses in the Animas River basin on the San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District.

The water right is for the beneficial uses of irrigation, wetlands and wetland irrigation, domestic, municipal, pond, reservoir, water feature and other evaporation, industrial, manufacturing, power, geothermal, commercial, gravel and other mining, stock, wildlife, fire fighting, recreation, snow and ice making, fisheries, recharge of aquifers, and augmentation and exchange to protect other water-right holders.

The Forest Service filing will confirm 153 water rights for the San Juan National Forest, representing a cumulative total of about 2.3 cubic feet per second of flow amounts in springs, and an additional 57.8 acre-feet of storage in Henderson Lake.

For more information, call Mark Stiles at 385-1289 or Kelly Palmer at 385-1232.

Back Country Horsemen to meet

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will meet Jan. 10 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.

Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to attend. Barry Owen will conduct a sharpening clinic; demonstrating sharpening techniques for various tools including those that are equine-related. People are invited to bring a tool with them for which they would like to learn a sharpening technique. Owen owns Columbine Sharpening and is certified by the National Shear Sharpening Guild.

For more information, visit www.4cbch.org, call Bob Volger at 883-4004 or email bobvolger@gmail.com.

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