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The Animas–La Plata (ALP) project refers to a water project located on the Animas and La Plata rivers in southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico.
On September 30, 1968, the Colorado River Basin Project Act (Pub. L. 84–485) authorized construction of a 191,200-acre-foot multipurpose irrigation, municipal, and industrial resource for Colorado and New Mexico. Approval was granted in 1980, after the design and permit process and environmental impact studies were completed. With construction set tentatively for 1980 or 1981, ALP fell victim to Jimmy Carter's moratorium on new water projects.
In the meantime, in the 1970s, Native Americans won legal victories reestablishing water rights claims dating to the treaty era of the mid-nineteenth century. The Ute claimed treaty rights from 1868 to 93,000 acre-feet on seven Colorado ...