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YAMPA/WHITE RIVER BASIN

YAMPA/WHITE RIVER BASIN

Drainage Area: The Yampa/White River Basin covers ~ 10,500 square miles in northwest Colorado and south-central Wyoming

 

Length: Flows north from headwaters in Flat Top Mountains, then west to Steamboat/Craig, to confluence with Green River in Dinosaur National Monument

 

Largest cities/towns in the basin:

  • Steamboat Springs (pop. 10,402)
  • Craig (pop. 9,185)

 

Elevation: 12,350 ft to 5,000 ft

 

Land use: Agricultural, mining, recreation, tourism

 

Storage-Major reservoirs:

  • Stagecoach Reservoir – 33,275 ac-ft
  • Willow Creek Reservoir (Steamboat Lake) – 23,064 ac-ft
  • Taylor Draw Reservoir – 13,800 ac-ft

 

Major Exports from Basin:

  • Stillwater Ditch – 4,280 ac-ft (annual average diversion)

 

Sources: Yampa/White River Facts and Yampa/White/Green Basin Fact Sheet

 

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YAMPA/WHITE

YAMPA/WHITE

Federal Offices

EVENTS TIMELINE

  • 1902 RECLAMATION ACT
  • 1920 KINKAID ACT Starts the wheels turning for construction of Hoover Dam.
  • 1922 COLORADO RIVER COMPACT
  • 1922 STATE OF WYOMING - v - STATE OF CO
  • 1928 Boulder Canyon Project Act
  • 1931 Boulder Canyon Project Agreement
  • 1944 Mexican Water Treaty
  • 1948 Upper Colorado River Basin Compact
  • 1956 Colorado River Storage Project Act
  • 1962 Navajo Indian Irrigation Project
  • 1968 Colorado River Basin Project Act
  • 1974 Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act
  • 2001 Colorado River Interim Surplus Guidelines
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