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June 15, 2007

Insert Name
Insert Address

Dear Insert Name:

On behalf of the Jackson Gulch Rehabilitation Project, I am requesting a letter of support from Insert
Organization Name for legislation for federal funding to help pay for the rehabilitation of the Jackson
Gulch irrigation canal and related facilities. The 60 year old canal delivers water to and from Jackson
Gulch Dam to residents, farms and businesses in Montezuma County and is badly in need of
rehabilitation. After 4 years of seeking appropriations, a bill (S. 1477) has been introduced by U.S.
Senator Ken Salazar and Senator Wayne Allard to authorize more than $6 million to aid the Mancos
Water Conservancy District make the necessary repairs. Your help is needed to legitimize this
request for appropriations which are crucial to the residents of southwestern Colorado.

The Mancos Project and the Jackson Gulch Dam provide supplemental agricultural water for about
8,650 irrigated acres and a domestic water supply for the Mesa Verde National Park. The Mancos
Project also delivers water to the more than 500 members of the Mancos Rural Water Company, the
town of Mancos and at least 237 agricultural businesses.

The project was built in 1949 and although it has been maintained by the district and inspected by the
Bureau of Reclamation, the project has outlived its expected life and is badly in need of rehabilitation.
The estimated cost to rehabilitate the canal system is less than one-third the cost of replacement.

Should the Jackson Gulch Canal system experience a catastrophic failure, the result would be nothing
short of devastating for the residents of southwest Colorado. It could result in Mesa Verde National
Park being without water during the peak of their visitation and fire season. The town of Mancos
would suffer a severe municipal water shortage. There could potentially be a loss of up to
approximately $1.48 million dollars of crop production and sales annually.

Your sanction will go a long way toward strengthening the strong grassroots support that already
exists for this bill and appropriations request. I am hopeful that your membership understands the
importance of this project, not only for Mancos but for the entire Four Corners area. If you are able to
endorse this request, please send a letter of support of each member of Colorado’s congressional
delegation no later than the first week of July, 2007. Specific instructions about this communication
are included as an attachment. See web site jacksongulchrehab.info for more information.

Remember, “The smallest good deed is worth more than the grandest intention.” Please-write that
letter now. It is crucial to show support for this bill.

Sincerely,                                           MWCD Board members:

                                                      Dee Graf                   Vic Bruce
                                                      Brent Alexander            Don Hansen
Gary Kennedy, Superintendent                          Kenny Smith
Jackson Gulch Rehabilitation Project
Mancos Water Conservancy District
                       CONSIDER INCLUDING A FEW OF THE FOLLOWING POINTS.
                            SELECT THE ONES MOST PERTINENT TO YOU.


GENERAL INFORMATION:
    The Jackson Gulch canal which delivers water to and from the Jackson Gulch Dam to residents, farms
     and businesses in Montezuma County is nearly 60 years old and is in dire need of rehabilitation. The
     project has been maintained by the Mancos Water Conservancy District but severe deterioration
     continues to occur. The district has actively been trying to secure an 80 percent federal cost-share for
     rehabilitation for the past 4 years. The estimated cost of rehabilitation is less than one third the cost of
     replacement of the canal.

       Jackson Gulch Reservoir supplies domestic water for the Mancos Rural Water Company (over 500
        members). The population of the Mancos Valley is approximately 3,215 residents (including Mancos).
        Failure of the canal would have a catastrophic affect on the municipal water supply.

       The canal system has been found to have two flow constrictions that are limiting its hydraulic capacity of
        only 58% of the District’s diversion entitlement. These constrictions restrict operational flexibility and the
        ability to optimize storage during times of uncertain supply.

       The Bureau of Reclamation inspects the project. They are not interested in or willing to do any of the
        rehabilitation.

CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS:
   The canal has not been accessible for 60 years due to land slides. An access needs to be constructed
     along the canal.

       Risks of land slides have the capacity to annihilate portions of the canal. Stabilization of the uphill slope
        would prevent the canal from being filled by earthen slides that have the potential to block the canal.

       Progressive deterioration of the critical infrastructure of the canal has caused structural distress and
        seepage which creates a threat of failure of the entire project.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:
    Rehabilitation of the canals will aid in water conservation, municipal water supply, recreation, fish and
      wildlife conservation.

       Improving canal efficiency will better meet the obligations of the water delivery system by increasing
        efficiency, supporting water conservation and reducing salinity.

       If the project canal experiences a catastrophic failure, water cannot fill Jackson Gulch Reservoir.
        Recreation would suffer a complete loss of revenue generated by fishing, boating and camping revenue
        related to those activities.

       Loss of water to the Jackson Gulch Reservoir would have a disastrous environmental impact. The
        wildlife forage and habitat would suffer and increased fire danger would result.

       The environmental ecosystem created by water projects has provided habitat for many species
        including those on the endangered list.

       The hydro power plant on Jackson Gulch Reservoir produces over 900,000 KWh annually. This powers
        approximately 60 homes and save about 6,000 barrels of oil.

SAFETY:
    Replacements are needed in federal operations facilities in the cases where the 64 year old operations
     facilities are under-designed, inefficient and do not comply with federal or state building or safety codes.
TOURISM:
    Jackson Gulch Reservoir supplies domestic water for Mesa Verde National Park. Visitation at the park
      in 2005 was 519,649. Loss of the water delivery system to Mesa Verde National would have a huge
      negative impact on all of southwest Colorado.

       Mesa Verde National Park and Montezuma County has a history of huge forest fires during the dry
        summer months. Failure of the canal would be extremely dangerous during the peak fire danger
        periods.

AGRICULTURAL ASPECTS:
   Irrigation water users in the Mancos area have been carrying the bulk of the financial burden of this
      project for the last 56 years. There are 237 agricultural water users directly affected by the delivery
      system. Emergency management would be much more costly over the years than scheduled
      rehabilitation.

       Failure of the water system would result in 237 agricultural businesses being unable to produce crops.
        It is estimated that there would be a loss of $1.48 million dollars of crop production and sales annually.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT:
   Mancos Water Conservancy District has invested over $500,000 to the Project. It shows the ability,
     desire and commitment to see the rehabilitation completed in its entirety.

       In November, 2005, the community of Mancos voted and passed a mill levy to help support the Project.
        The original mill levy was 1.5 set when the District was formed in 1942. The District has operated and
        maintained the canal structures and related facilities since that time under that mill levy and water fees
        charged to irrigators. Water user rates have been increased. There had been no attempt to increase
        funds until 2005. The registered voters passed to increase the property tax mill levy by 5.0 mills. This
        shows tremendous support from the community.


            GENERAL OUTLINE OF AN EFFECTIVE LETTER TO STATE LEGISLATORS

Your Name
Address

Date

The Honorable (First and Last Name)
Address

Dear (Senator/Representative) Name:

       Identify yourself

       Say why you are writing

       Explain how the issue you are concerned about affects your life and community

       Urge them to support your position

       Conclude by asking for a reply

Sincerely,
Your signature                                              Addresses follow
                                     LEGISLATOR’S ADDRESSES:
                                                                          email


Senator Jim Isgar                                         isgarsenate@frontier.net
Colorado State Senate District 6
State Capitol Building
200 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203

Representative Ellen Roberts                              ellen.roberts.house@state.co.us
State Representative, House District 59
State Capitol Building
200 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203

Governor Bill Ritter                                      Governor.ritter@state.co.us
Governor of Colorado
136 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203-1792

Senator Wayne Allard

Address Letter to :                         Send Letter to:

The Honorable Wayne Allard                  Ann McCoy Harold
U.S. Senator Wayne Allard                   Area Representative
521 Dirksen Senate Office Building          U.S. Senator Wayne Allard
Washington, DC 20510                        954 East Second Avenue
                                            Durango, CO 81301

                                            allard.senate.gov./public/index.cfm?Fuse
Dear Senator Allard:                        Action=Contact.Home

                                            Fax Letter to : 202-224-6471

Senator Ken Salazar

Address Letter to:                          Send Letter to:

The Honorable Ken Salazar                   Ann Brown
U.S. Senator Ken Salazar                    U.S. Senator Ken Salazar
702 Hart Senate Office Building             835 E. 2nd Avenue #203
Washington, DC 20510                        Durango, CO 81301

                                            salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
                                            Fax Letter to: 202-228-5035
Dear Senator Salazar:


Example of letter follows.
                      EXAMPLE OF A LETTER TO LEGISLATORS
       ASKING FOR SUPPORT FOR THE JACKSON GULCH REHABILITATION PROJECT
                          from an agricultural point of view


Your Name
Your Address


June 15, 2007

Senator Ken Salazar
U.S. Senator, Colorado
702 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Salazar:

On behalf of (Name of organization), I am writing to strongly encourage your support for Senate Bill
S.1477 to authorize the Secretary of Interior to carry out the Jackson Gulch Rehabilitation Project in
the State of Colorado. This request is designed to assist with the rehabilitation of a 60 year old water
delivery canal to Jackson Gulch Reservoir. The canal is rapidly deteriorating and its loss would prove
devastating to businesses, residents and visitors of southwest Colorado.

The Bureau of Reclamation was formed in 1905 to build safe water storage in the vast west enabling
the West to grow. The water projects have been operated and maintained by the local water districts
either directly , financially or both.

It is my understanding that irrigation water users in the Mancos, Colorado area have been carrying the
bulk of the financial burden of this project for the last 56 years. There are an estimated 237
agricultural water users directly affected by the delivery system. Emergency management would be
much more costly over the years than scheduled rehabilitation.

Failure of the water system would result in the agricultural businesses being unable to produce crops.
It is estimated that there would be a loss of $1.48 million dollars of crop production and sales
annually. This would be huge loss of revenue to our area.

Today these water projects are more than just an irrigation supply; they are the center of a vast new
economic ecosystem. A large number of these projects are in need of major structural overhauls in
order to keep that ecosystem viable. The overhauls, whether it is rehabilitation or replacement, will
require large capital outlay which most local districts cannot afford. Your support will further expand
and protect our forefather’s vision for the vast West and continue to supply the needed water storage
for tomorrow.

Please do what is possible at the federal level to support this bill. I appreciate any efforts that will
move this project along and make it a reality.

Thank you for your consideration of these comments.

Sincerely,

Your Name
Title

								
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