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Nature & Wildlife
2019 April/May
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* April 19 - Full Moon, phase occurs at
11:12 UTC, known by early Native Ameri-
can tribes as the Full Pink Moon because
it marked the appearance of the moss
pink, or wild ground phlox, one of the first
spring flowers, also been known as the
Sprouting Grass Moon, the Growing Moon
and the Egg Moon, Many coastal tribes
called it the Full Fish Moon because this
was the time that the shad swam up-
stream to spawn.
* April 22, 23 - Lyrids Meteor Shower,
average shower produces about 20 me-
teors/hour at peak, runs annually April
16-25, peaks night of the 22nd and morn-
ing of the 23rd, produces bright dust trails
that last for several seconds, waning gib-
bous moon will block out many fainter me-
teors but if you¡¯re patient you should still
catch a few of the brightest ones, Meteors
will radiate from the constellation Lyra but
can appear anywhere in the sky.
* May 6, 7 - Eta Aquarids Meteor
Shower, above average shower produces
up to 60 meteors/hour at peak, Most
activity seen in Southern Hemisphere, In
Northern Hemisphere about 30 meteors/
hour, runs annually April 19 to May 28,
peaks night of May 6 and morning of May
7, thin crescent moon sets early leaving
dark skies for a good show, Meteors will
radiate from the constellation Aquarius but
can appear anywhere in the sky.
* May 18 - Full Moon, Blue Moon, phase
occurs at 21:11 UTC, known by early Na-
tive American tribes as the Full Flower
Moon because this was the time of year
when spring flowers appeared in abun-
dance, also been known as the Full Corn
Planting Moon and the Milk Moon, a blue
moon that only happens once every few
years, occurs on average once every 2.7
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Night Time Delights
The Moon Dance
visit us online at:
40 Year Dispute Ends
who donate prizes each year to be given away.¡±
Over $1000 in prizes from western slope business-
es are up for grabs with a top prize of $500 cash
for the person who weighs in the longest trout.
Only *one* trout per participant may be weighed
in and all participants must possess a valid Colora-
do fishing license and abide by all laws governing
fishing in the state.
Entry into the derby is only $10/person for any
age. Entry forms will be available at the lake the
day of the derby and also can be found online
along with directions/map, conditions, tips and
more at:
For more info contact The Sunshine Express at
Everyone is invited to join in this family fun
Mother¡¯s Day event. See you there!
[Media contact: Mikey, aka KingDaddy,
970.864.2142, westerncoloradoevents@gmail.
¡°John Martin Reservoir is a multimillion-dollar
fishery and source of water recreation, camp-
ing, hiking and wildlife watching.¡±
In fact, visitors to John Martin spend an esti-
mated $8.7 million a year in local businesses,
making John Martin an important economic
engine in the region.
¡°But it has constantly been in flux and at risk,¡±
Prenzlow said. ¡°This agreement will stabilize
the valuable fishery and recreational facilities
at John Martin Reservoir State Park and State
Wildlife Area.¡±
Prenzlow listed several significant benefits to
the new agreement, including:
** Reducing the hundreds of thousands of
dollars CPW has spent leasing Colorado River
water to fill the conservation pool in previous
** Lowering the risk of fish loss, saving CPW
approximately $165,000 annually in restocking
costs when the fishery is damaged.
** Providing more consistent boating recre-
ation, especially in drought years.
Prenzlow noted that visitation at John Martin
drops as dramatically as the water levels
from March 1 through Nov. 15.
The agreement is the culmina-
tion of decades of negotiations
between a variety of agencies
including CPW, the Colorado
Division of Water Resources,
the Kansas Division of Water
Resources, the Colorado Water
Conservation Board, LAWMA
and the Attorney General¡¯s of-
fice. It was brought to fruition
through extensive collaboration
between the State Engineers of
Colorado and Kansas.
¡°CPW has worked for the past
40 years to get a new source
of water approved by the Com-
pact Administration,¡± said Dan
Prenzlow, CPW¡¯s Southeast Re-
gional manager who directed
the breakthrough negotiations
together with Deputy Regional
Manager Brett Ackerman.
fluctuate at the reservoir, which was built as a
flood-control structure and completed in 1948. In
wet years, the waters of John Martin can spread
out to 11,000 surface acres. But in drought years,
it¡¯s not uncommon for surface acres to plunge
to just 1,000. That was the case during extreme
drought years of 2011-15.
¡°We are proud to achieve this agreement because
we know the importance of a healthy John Martin
Reservoir to Colorado anglers, boaters and sur-
rounding communities,¡± Prenzlow said. ¡°A con-
sistent flow of water into John Martin will keep
the boat ramps wet and that means a consistent
source of recreation for boaters, anglers, water
skiers and campers in the park and region.¡±
The Montrose community garden will be open
from Apr 13-Nov 9. Plots available on first-come-
first-served basis and cost $15-$30, depending on
size. Water and soil included in fee. There is a $25
deposit per plot.
Applications may be picked up at City Hall,
433 S First St, from 7a-6p, Monday-Thursday.
970.240.1411 or 970.240.1421.
Colorado and Kansas sign historic agreement
for a permanent water supply at
CPW¡¯s John Martin Reservoir State Park
HASTY, CO: A 40-year deadlock between Colorado
and Kansas has been resolved with the signing
of a historic agreement that will provide a new
source of water for a permanent fish and wildlife
conservation pool in John Martin Reservoir.
The long-sought compromise between members
of the Colorado-Kansas Arkansas River Compact
Administration will allow the Lower Arkansas Wa-
ter Management Association (LAWMA) to transfer
water from the Highland Canal on the Purgatoire
River in Bent County into John Martin Reservoir
on behalf of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to
maintain a permanent pool for fishery and recre-
ation purposes.
The permanent agreement, approved by the
Compact Administration on Feb. 14, began as a
one-year pilot program in 2017 when CPW was
allowed to run 6,000 acre feet into the reservoir.
The newly approved agreement will allow water to
be delivered each year from the Highland Canal
A Space To Grow