Sheriff's Office lends hand with Lemon Dam maintenance

Sheriff' Office lends hand with Lemon Dam maintenance
Posted on 11/17/2016
In early November, the La Plata County Sheriff's Office had an opportunity to assist the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation with a maintenance project at Lemon Reservoir. 

The Bureau's project is to replace equipment 100 feet below the surface at Lemon Dam that transfers water from the reservoir to the county's irrigation systems.This project involves large heavy equipment, including a crane, all on a barge that had to be moved from Miller Campground at the north end of the lake to the base of the dam.  

La Plata County Sheriff's Office multi-purpose Defender boat was an ideal asset to move the  barge into place and assist with this important project for the community.  The Sheriff's Office acquired surplus Coast Guard boat last winter to serve bodies of water in the greater Southwest region, including  Lake Nighthorse, Vallecito Lake, Lemon Lake, Haviland Lake and Navajo Lake. 

La Plata County Sheriff's Office lends a hand at Lemon Reservoir

With this partnership, the Bureau of Reclamation was able to land the barge within inches of its intended mooring.  When the maintenance is completed, the Sheriff's Office will move the barge back to Miller Campground where it will be unloaded and trucked away.