Pueblo City Council backs Aurora’s long-term contract with Reclamation

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From the Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Council voted 6-0 Monday, with Mike Occhiato absent, to approve a resolution that affirms a 2004 six-party intergovernmental agreement that pledges Pueblo’s support for what was then called the Preferred Storage Options Plan. PSOP also had a component that looked at excess-capacity storage in the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, which has continued to progress as the rest of the proposed legislation stalled.

“What the city of Pueblo wanted to do was maintain the voluntary flow program,” Council President Vera Ortegon said Tuesday. The resolution, which is being sent to all members of the Colorado congressional delegation, reaffirms the 2004 IGA among Pueblo, the Pueblo Board of Water Works, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fountain and the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Part of that agreement curtails exchanges – out-of-priority diversions to store water in exchange for equivalent downstream releases – during certain flow conditions.

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