Bonny Reservoir update

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From the Yuma Pioneer (Tony Rayl):

The Colorado Agriculture Preservation Association (CAPA), Colorado Association of Conservation Districts (CACD) and Republican River Riparian Restoration Partnership recently hosted a meeting at Bonny Reservoir for legislators and agency personnel, with more than 50 attending. The focus of the meeting was to identify issues that are negatively impacting stream flow and ways that key partners would be able to assist with restoring a healthy riparian habitat leading to an increase in stream flow…

One of the major issues affecting the maintenance and upkeep of Bonny is the confusion about boundaries and responsibilities of all involved agencies, including Bureau of Reclamation, State of Colorado, Division of Wildlife, Parks and Recreation, and Army Corps of Engineers…

At the end of the meeting several things were agreed upon. Most importantly that a land management conservation plan should be developed for the riparian area so that agencies and organizations know how the land should be managed and can work together to create a healthier river system. Over the next few months individual meetings with involved agencies and legislators will be held and the groups that hosted the meeting will develop the land management plan no later than January 1, 2010. After the plan is fully developed the agencies and organizations will be able to begin developing grant applications for funding to restore the river and wetlands.

More Republican River Basin coverage here and here.

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