Thursday, December 14, 2017
Pretty Pintails! These and Mallards definitely are making up the majority of our duck population these last couple of weeks, but no complaints from us.
Finally some much needed snow! There is 11"of snow on the ground in the Bear Lake area, with 3.5" of new snow. There are icy road conditions that are currently being plowed.
We're taking a step back in time for Throwback Thursday to learn about the Carlsbad Project in NM. Today's photo shows a group of workers after cleaning one of the Project's lateral canals.
The Carlsbad Project was one of the earliest Reclamation projects and is significant as a surviving example of mixed 19th and 20th century technology. Many features of this project are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Carlsbad Project is in southeastern New Mexico near Ft. Sumner and Carlsbad.
The Carlsbad Project stores water in Santa Rosa (a Corps of Engineers Dam), Sumner, Brantley, and Avalon Dams to provide water for about 25,000 acres within the Carlsbad Irrigation District.
Project features include Sumner Dam and Lake Sumner (formerly Alamogordo Dam and Reservoir), McMillan Dam (breached in 1991 and replaced with Brantley Dam, Avalon Dam, and a drainage and distribution system to irrigate 25,055 acres of land in the Carlsbad area.
Learn more about the history of the Carlsbad Project here: https://go.usa.gov/xnXVM
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado isn't the most visited or well known national park, but with some of the most beautiful, dramatic, and steep cliffs in North America it shows just how amazing and diverse the National Park System is. Nick Souvall came here on a last minute change of plans, and he says, “I'm sure glad we did as we were treated with amazing views and an amazing sunset." Photo courtesy of Nick Souvall. — at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.