Click here for a historical look at the reservoir from Kathy Browning writing for the Delta County Independent. Here’s an excerpt:
To celebrate Paonia Reservoir’s 50th anniversary there will be a day full of interesting activities Monday, Aug. 6, during the Delta County Fair and Rodeo. The event coincides with the 2012 Year of Water in Colorado. Participating agencies include the Gunnison Basin Roundtable, the North Fork Conservancy District, the Colorado River Water Conservancy District and the Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company, the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University and the Bureau of Reclamation.
Join them to “Reflect on the Past and Focus on the Future” of the Paonia Reservoir.
Hop on one of the buses at Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds for Tours of the North Fork Aug. 6, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Yvon Gros will welcome visitors to the beautiful Leroux Creek Vineyards on Rogers Mesa. Tour organic farms at The Ela Family Farms and Kropp Brothers. Campbell and Sons, a Midway cattle ranch, will be another stop. Learn where your food comes from and how water use has changed over the years. Another tour will take visitors to the West Elk Mine in Somerset.