Arkansas Basin Roundtable is taking a close look when allocating Water Supply Reserve Account dough

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

“The CWCB budget is decimated and will be for several years,” Dils said. The original plan was to provide $10 million statewide annually to the Water Supply Reserve Account for four years, beginning in 2006. The fund was cut to $6 million in 2007, restored to $10 million in 2008 and lopped again to $5.8 million this year. That leaves only $173,000 for the Arkansas basin’s account, plus whatever it can convince the CWCB to give it from $4.2 million in a statewide account. The roundtable can only count on that amount being 40 percent funded in the first cycle this September, Dils said.

Based on that information, the roundtable agreed to fund a project sponsored by Pueblo to remove bed-load sediment from Fountain Creek for $225,000 and a $180,000 study to look at water availability in the Upper Arkansas region. Between the two projects, about $70,000 would come from the basin funds.

A third, $110,000 project to look at water availability in the Upper Black Squirrel groundwater basin in El Paso County was put on hold for now. Roundtable President Gary Barber, who represents El Paso County on the panel, abstained from the decision.

More Arkansas Basin coverage here and here.

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