Fort Lyon Canal scores 3,000 acre-feet of water from the Pueblo Board of Waters Works

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Pueblo water board approved the sale Friday, extending a schedule of one-time leases of water it approved in February. A lease is a one-time sale of water that does not change water rights…

The Fort Lyon Canal had asked for up to 10,000 acre-feet, but Ward said he is not comfortable with drawing down Pueblo’s supply that much at this time. Fort Lyon is the largest ditch system on the Arkansas River, but is often water-short. It irrigates up to 90,000 acres of farms in Otero, Bent and Prowers counties along its 113-mile length.

More Coyote Gulch Pueblo Board of Water Works coverage here.

Pueblo Board of Water Works approves Aurora’s purchase of Columbine Ditch

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Aurora will pay the Pueblo water board $30.48 million for the ditch, located on Fremont Pass 13 miles north of Leadville. The water board will use the money from the sale as part of a $60 million package to buy 5,200 Bessemer Ditch shares, about one-fourth of the total. “This action is critical,” said Tom Autobee, a member of the water board. “It allows us to buy a water right in our backyard in exchange for a transmountain right that’s not reliable.” Without the sale of the ditch, Pueblo water rates would have to increase 25 percent in two years beyond the rate increases currently being considered, said Executive Director Alan Hamel.

More Coyote Gulch Columbine Ditch coverage here and here.

Fountain Creek Watershed: New technical committee is asking for more direction

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The committee was created this month by the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District to sort out the technical merits of proposals in flood plain controlled by the district. The district also makes recommendations throughout the watershed. “We need direction from the district board about what type of regulatory guidelines we have,” said Kim Headley, Pueblo County planning director. “I don’t think they want us to be looking at every land-use application throughout the watershed.”[…]

Many members of the committee have been looking at Fountain Creek issues for years as part of an Army Corps of Engineers study, but they have not previously evaluated specific projects and how they could impact the creek. After working through its first application, the 62-unit Confluence Vista development at Fountain, members of the committee were doubtful about their task. It was the third public hearing for the proposal in a month, and the final outcome was a recommendation endorsing the concept, with provisions to look at details as they emerge. The committee said bank stabilization, invasive species management, coordination with future trail plans and minimizing visual impact should be considered, but did not say how.

More Coyote Gulch Fountain Creek Watershed coverage here and here.