The hike would amount to an extra $3.91 per month in the water bill for a home 3,000 square feet or smaller, and more for bigger homes, said Becky Bultemeier, customer and financial services manager for the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. Avon isn’t the only place facing the proposed water bill increases. It would apply to all areas the water authority serves, including the Arrowhead, Eagle-Vail, Edwards, Berry Creek and Beaver Creek metropolitan districts, Bultemeier said. The water authority had been hoping to get consent from those areas before formally voting on the change Oct. 22, she said.
The water board has closed 33 of 66 contracts for 5,330 shares, about one-quarter of the Bessemer Ditch. It will spend about $60 million in the purchases. The closings do not represent half of the water, since some of the larger blocks will be closed later Hamel said. All of the closings are expected to be completed by the end of the month.
[Harrison] will serve out the remaining year of Wright’s term as one of three Boulder County representatives on the board…
Harrison has 30 years of experience as an environmental attorney, including 25 years as a Boulder assistant city attorney. She recently retired from that position and is in private practice. Her extensive background includes serving as chair of the Colorado Water Quality Commission and as an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. “I’m excited to be involved with the water issues facing Northern Water,” Harrison said. “There are many challenges facing the Front Range, including the provision of water for cities and agriculture in a responsible, environmentally sensitive manner.”
In addition to Harrison, three current board members were reappointed to four-year terms. Les Williams, who is retiring as the executive director of the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District, will begin his sixth term representing Boulder County on the board. Bill Emslie, an engineer with the Platte River Power Authority, will begin his second term representing Larimer County. John Rusch represents Morgan and Washington counties and will begin his second term.
Ken Neubecker, president of Colorado Trout Unlimited, will speak Thursday on the impact of water diversions from the upper Colorado River. “More than half of the water of the upper Colorado is already diverted to the Front Range for agricultural and municipal use,” said Neubecker. “Now two new projects could take almost half of what remains.” But as conservation, government and business interests in Grand County geared up for a protracted fight, water developers Denver Water and Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District agreed to work with local agencies to find ways to meet the water needs of the Front Range while minimizing the impact on wildlife and recreation on the Colorado and Fraser Rivers. Neubecker will speak about the situation at the Alpine Anglers` monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Hondius Room of the Estes Park Public Library. The public is invited.
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