Northglenn: Work begins on new clear well at treatment plant

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Here’s a release from Northglenn Water via (Celeste Olinger). From the article:

Work has begun on a major capital improvement project as excavation is underway for construction of an additional clear well for the city.

The overall project consists of the construction of a new clear well at the Northglenn Water Treatment Plant, located at 2350 W. 112th Ave.

A clear well is a large water storage tank where chemicals are injected into the filtered water as a disinfectant. The clear well will provide adequate detention time to allow for the disinfection of any bacterial water contamination during peak flow and will meet the new requirements set forth by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulations.

This project is in its initial stage and the city has partnered with The Engineering Company (TEC) to complete the design and construction administrative services and with Jennison Construction Company for construction of the clear well. Currently, digging is underway to accommodate a 330,000-gallon clear well at the Water Treatment Plant. On May 28, City Council approved CR-66, a resolution approving construction of the clear well addition and authorizing $1,802,161 from the 2009 CIP?Budget Water Connection Fund for the project.

Northglenn’s Water Treatment Plant provides safe drinking water to its residents and is in compliance with state and federal drinking water standards and regulations. The clear well addition will assist the city in continuing to maintain its high standards and continuous operations.

This major capital improvement project is scheduled to be complete in March 2010.

More infrastructure coverage here.

Clear Creek Watershed Festival recap

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From the Clear Creek Courant (Ian Neligh):

They came in throngs to the information booths along Clear Creek to learn about the watershed, listen to music and play games, all the while trying to stay dry. I think there is an awful lot of good stuff going on,” Ed Rapp, president of the Clear Creek Watershed Foundation, said while working in an information booth. The foundation is a nonprofit charged with improving the ecological, recreational and economic conditions in the Clear Creek Watershed.

More Clear Creek watershed coverage here.

Ruedi Reservoir update

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

As you have probably noticed over the past week, releases from Ruedi Dam to the Fryingpan River have been cutting back. Tomorrow morning, we will cut releases back another 50 cfs, putting the flow in the Fryingpan at about 115 cfs. The demand for water for the Endangered Fish Recovery Progam ends tomorrow. As a result, we have been curtailing releases accordingly. The 115 cfs rate will continue until further notice.

More Fryingpan-Arkansas coverage here.

Pueblo Board of Water Works to mull financing alternatives for Bessemer Ditch shares

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The resolutions Tuesday will set the terms under which the bonds will be sold and authorize the issuance of the bonds. The resolution on terms also sets forth how other debt, present or future, would fit into the structure of the bonds. Bonds would be issued Oct. 22. The bonds would be sold during October, paralleling the time frame for the board to finalize its contracts with 67 shareholders for 5,339 shares on the Bessemer Ditch Ñ a little more than one-quarter of the total. “We did two of the contracts on the Bessemer Ditch, as pilots, to make sure everything was worked out,” said Alan Hamel, executive director. “We wanted to make sure our process was going to work, and there weren’t any problems.” The water board wants to complete all of the contracts by Oct. 30. Closing on the contracts will be coordinated to the flow of money used to buy the shares.

More PBOWW coverage here.

Hot Sulphur Springs: Revamped rate structure scares businesses

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Tonya Bina):

The town brought its rate structure up to standard in response to an aging system that drained town coffers. The town revamped water billing by increasing the base rate of SFEs, or single-family equivalencies. One SFE — the rate for most residences — amounts to $94.20 a month. Commercial structures amount to greater numbers of SFEs.

But now that the town has concrete financials in place due to receipt of federal stimulus dollars, Bernal hopes it’s in a position to find compromise with business owners. “We understand the town’s position — and we hope they can come to understand ours,”

More Hot Sulphur Springs coverage here.

Flaming Gorge pipeline: Reclamation estimates that 165,000 acre-feet per year is available for development

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From the Associated Press (Ben Neary) via

The study found that up to 165,000 acre feet of water could be drawn from the reservoir each year through 2049 while still allowing enough water to generate hydropower and to meet the needs of endangered fish species downstream.

Drawing 165,000 acre feet a year over 40 years would draw the level of Flaming Gorge Reservoir down from its current elevation of 6,030 feet a bove sea level to just above 5,900 feet, the study found. According to bureau figures, the reservoir has a surface area of nearly 30,000 acres when its elevation is at 6,000 feet and its surface area would drop to just under 11,000 acres at the 5,900 foot level.

After 2050, as development in Wyoming increases, the bureau study projected Flaming Gorge Reservoir could sustain an annual diversion rate of 120,000 acre feet. The agency is updating that draft analysis, and agency officials say their projections of the amount of available water may well go lower.

More Flaming Gorge pipeline coverage here and here.

Grand County has 3,479 acre-feet of water for streamflow in the upper Colorado

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News:

September 1-15, Grand County released an additional 45 cfs. From September 16 – 30, Grand County will reduce its release to 30 cfs. Releases will decrease to 20 cfs on October 1-15 and 10 cfs on October 16-30. In March 2010, 321 acre-feet of county water will remain in Granby Reservoir, which is predicted to fill in spring. Depending on conditions, the commissioners may decide to release the remaining water. The county paid Northern $72,000 in 2009 pumping costs. “We are pleased Northern has allowed us to pump again this year,” says County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran. “The relationship between Northern and the county has blossomed, allowing us to put unclaimed water to use to benefit Grand County.”

More Colorado River Basin coverage here.

Aurora wins American Water Works taste test

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Bump and update: From the Aurora Sentinel (Adam Goldstein):

Aurora Water will move on to the next level of the competition, representing the Rocky Mountain Section of the AWWA during the “Best of the Best” taste test, to be held at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago in June 2010.

From The Denver Post:

The city was crowned the winner at the recent Rocky Mountain selection of the American Water Works Association Taste Test. A five-member panel decided that Aurora water had the best appearance, smell, taste and overall impression. Denver Water and the Centennial Water and Sanitation District were among other local utilities entered.

More Aurora coverage here.

Standup paddling

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From The Denver Post (Scott Willoughby):

“My main concern as an advocate of stand-up paddling is to educate the managing agencies that it’s a valid way of paddling,” said Earl Richmond, co-owner of Buena Vista-based Colorado Kayak Supply and a member of last week’s Westwater SUP team. “I know there are going to be a bunch of stop signs out there and barricades to SUP, but education is key to get people to understand that it’s a safe way to get down a river. It’s like snowboarding back in the mid-’80s. You needed education to show people it would work to get down a mountain.”

For the small but growing legion of river surfers using lengthy paddles to maneuver through rapids on thick boards ranging from 9-12 feet long, Westwater Canyon is a dream destination. Its deep water and well-defined rapids combine with surfable waves and playful eddy lines to form a 17-mile ride through some of the most spectacular scenery this side of the Grand Canyon.

More whitewater coverage here.