Southern Delivery System: Pueblo County Commissioner Jeff Chostner speaks out on Pueblo West and the Pueblo Flow program

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (James Amos):

Chostner told the Pueblo Rotary 43 group on Monday that when the county debated a permit for the pipeline, Colorado Springs was negotiating on behalf of all the pipeline participants. That means the city was speaking for Pueblo West as well as itself, Fountain and Security. “They have a contract that basically established an agency relationship, like a real estate agency,” he said. Pueblo West didn’t complain until March, Chostner said, which was years into the negotiations and debate about the pipeline. Saying that Colorado Springs had originally wanted to reroute almost all the water in the river through the pipeline, Chostner said Colorado Springs agreed to the flow program to preserve some of the river as it flows through Pueblo. Pueblo West can’t think that a dry riverbed between Lake Pueblo and the confluence with Fountain Creek can be acceptable to anyone, he said. Even Pueblo West residents use the river and trail beside it for recreation.

The commissioner, one of three who represent Pueblo County, said Pueblo West wouldn’t have to give up much water. The district has about 4,600 acre-feet of water a year and would have to give up only 20-30 acre-feet most years. That could increase to 100-125 acre-feet a year, he said, under certain conditions. But he said that isn’t much compared with the 1,500 acre-feet being given up by Colorado Springs.

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