Laporte: Property owners to allow Greeley pipeline surveys on their land but vow to continue to fight the project

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Larimer County residents battling the city of Greeley’s plans to replace aging infrastructure have agreed to allow surveys for the project, according to a report from Monte Whaley writing for The Denver Post. From the article:

Planning for the project to replace an aging, smaller line the city installed more than 50 years ago began in 2005. Greeley gets its water from the Poudre River after it’s treated at a plant in Bellvue, northwest of Fort Collins. The city went to Larimer County District Court to seize a portion of the Humstone property — as well as two other properties near Laporte — to allow crews to do exploratory drilling, seismic surveys and other work on the grade. In the settlement agreement, crews will be allowed onto the properties under certain conditions. They will do biological and archaeological studies, as well as some core drilling, Humstone said.

The grade, which dates to 1881, was part of the Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific Railroad, which was built to haul locally quarried sandstone to construction projects and sugar-beet factories…

Greeley officials say taking the 30-mile pipeline along a public right of way would go through downtown Laporte. They also say they need to get on the properties to map out a plan to protect the historic structures. The agreement “will help determine the best route and to gather biological, historical, geotechnical and economic data for the Bellvue water pipeline project,” said Jon Monson, Greeley’s water and sewer director. “This settlement will be to the benefit and the best interests of everyone involved.”

More Greeley coverage here.

Pueblo: City study contradicts FEMA floodplain assessment

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

“We’ve restructured our estimates for the basin using FEMA’s recommendations and determined the peak flow would be much less,” said Dennis Maroney, Pueblo stormwater director. “Now we have to make sure the model was applied correctly.” The city’s engineers determined the peak flow would be about 11,000 cubic feet per second, or half the amount predicted by FEMA’s consultants. “As you reduce the flows in Wild Horse Creek, the flood plain drops. It wouldn’t overtop the levees and wouldn’t flood Downtown,” Maroney said. The catch is getting FEMA to accept those findings. FEMA officials in April said they would work with the city in determining the correct numbers. The city also is developing plans for remediation if its numbers are not accepted or further modified.

Fort Carson contains about 12 square miles of the 80-square-mile Wild Horse Dry Creek drainage basin and Pueblo West covers most of the remaining area upstream from Pueblo. The creek enters the Arkansas River just downstream from City Park. The city is hoping to develop cooperative regional detention projects with Fort Carson and Pueblo West, but does not yet have information about where such projects would be located, Maroney said.

More infrastructure coverage here.