Stella Montoya, La Plata Conservancy District


Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story.

"My husband worked on the A-LP project all his life and was in Washington in 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the A-LP project. He chaired the conservancy district for over 30 years, and now I hold the position.

"The La Plata River has been dry this year. If we could just save that water in the winter when it's going down, we could farm the next year. Now, it's going to California for nothing. All the California people are moving up here, and with the project we could have enough water for them to drink and flush their toilets just the same as they do out there.

"To me, water storage is the same as having a big bank account. You save water, you spend the interest, and you have the money left in the bank."

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