Energy policy — nuclear: Powertech releases revised estimate of recoverable uranium at Centennial Project

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

The British Columbia-based company now estimates it will be able to recover more than 12.6 million pounds of uranium, up from the 11.5 million pounds it reported last summer, according to a technical report filed in February with the Canadian government. The higher uranium resources estimate comes after the company purchased more than 3,500 acres from two local landowners last summer, said Powertech President Richard Clement. “Anytime you have an increase in size of your resource, you increase the economic value of your prop-erty,” Clement said Monday. “It becomes that much more viable and capable of being developed.”

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Boulder Reservoir below limits on certain contaminants

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From the Boulder Daily Camera (Heath Urie):

There is no evidence that motorized boats are leaving behind potentially deadly contaminants in Boulder Reservoir, according to a new study. Since last year, the city has been sampling water from the reservoir amid concerns from some residents that motor boats were contaminating it with byproducts from gasoline or oil. A city report shows that throughout 2009, tests consistently found “non-detectable” levels of harmful boating byproducts. The tests looked for increased levels of so-called “volatile organics” — benzene, a carcinogen; ethylbenzene, which can cause kidney and liver damage; toluene, which can damage kidneys, livers and the human nervous system; and xylene, which can affect the nervous system. “We never detected anything,” said Michelle Wind, Boulder’s drinking water program manager.

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Arkansas River projects to improve recreation on river

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon):

Work is nearing completion on the Whitewater Kayak and Recreation Park-Canon City, which runs in the river channel along Centennial and Depot parks. A short distance downstream, between Ninth Street and Raynolds Bridge, a Trout Unlimited fish-habitat improvement project has been capped off with new informational signs detailing the benefits of “Trout Home Improvement.” In Salida, the fourth phase of the Salida Whitewater Park, featuring a new play hole and kayak features got under way this month and will be complete by the end of March. While the projects are aimed at providing thrills for two very different, sometimes conflicting user groups — kayakers and fishermen — they really are harmoniously helping make both Salida and Canon City Arkansas River corridors prime outdoor destinations.

“The whitewater park should help improve fish habitat because it will be pumping a lot of oxygen into the river, which will improve the bug habitat — that is insect life the fish need for food,” [Pueblo-based Southern Colorado Greenback Chapter of Trout Unlimited member Ted Sillox] said. “It really is a beautiful area.” Three Trout Unlimited chapters and the Colorado Division of Wildlife headed the Trout Home Improvement project which provided strategically placed boulders where brown trout can rest from the strong current, feed and reproduce on their own to maintain the population naturally. Bushes and vegetation planted along the banks are vital for shade for the fish and also support insect life. Sillox said Trout Unlimited members will be back this spring to conduct more plantings where some of the willows died. The members also helped with the informational signs that explain the benefits of the project…

Contractor Ted Seipel Construction’s Colorado Riverworks is on schedule to complete the $375,000 whitewater park by the end of March. The park, designed and engineered by Jason Carey of, will provide exciting whitewater play holes for kayakers interested in executing spectacular stunts and surfing maneuvers…

A grand opening is planned when the park is complete, plus it will get a proper indoctrination during the June 25-26 Whitewater Festival, which will feature some surfing competitions for kayakers. The park will provide a whitewater thrill during high water summer months, but, in addition, the movement of water from upstream reservoirs to Pueblo Reservoir during the winter months will bring, “some very surfable waves all winter long,” Colon said.

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Glenwood Springs: Bids for new wastewater plant lower than expected

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From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Gardner):

The city received five competitive bids from prequalified contractors for the project. The low bid, from Salida-based Moltz Construction, came in at $22.3 million. That is nearly $1.2 million less than the first-round low bidder Arizona-based Archer-Western Construction, at $23.5 million. Archer-Western was the lone contractor that did not resubmit a bid for the project. The other remaining bids came in close the original bids with three slightly increasing, and two, including Moltz’s bid, which came in at $1.5 million lower than its original bid. The lower bids were a welcomed surprise for City Manager Jeff Hecksel considering that previous estimates including Davis-Bacon wage requirements could increase the price of the project by as much as $1.5 million. “We were surprised that the bids came in lower,” said City Manager Jeff Hecksel. “I think we expected them to come back the same or a bit more. I think we were very surprised to have them come back as low as they did.”

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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center to present ‘Before Lake Powell: Memories of Glen Canyon Archaeology’ March 12

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From The Farmington Daily Times (Alysa Landry):

Before Lake Powell: Memories of Glen Canyon Archaeology’ March 12 will be at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, in Cortez, Colo. It is part of the center’s distinguished lecturers series and is organized by the Friends of Crow Canyon. The organization hosts five lecturers per year, said Audrey Coleman, senior development officer for the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. “They tend to be high-profile presenters, people who are highly regarded in their particular fields,” she said. “The proceeds stay locally to benefit students, including some from Farmington, who come to Crow Canyon.”

The evening begins with wine and appetizers at 7 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m. The archeological center is located at 23390 Road K, in Cortez, Colo. Tickets for the lecture are $30. For information, call Amy at (970) 564-4341.

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Buena Vista: Board of Trustees approves Nestlé’s offer to share the company’s Arkansas River pipeline crossing

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From The Chaffee County Times (Kathy Davis):

Town engineer Rachel Friedman will work with Nestlé during the construction. After the water pipeline is completed, Nestlé will convey the pipeline to the town. The agreement with Chaffee County grants an easement on its property on the Arkansas River. Also approved was an agreement with Paul and Rohnda Moltz for an easement on their property underneath the river. As of this meeting, the town had not heard from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding an application for a permit for the construction of a pipeline under the river.

According to Friedman, the town’s water master plan documents the need for additional water for future annexations anticipated within the town’s three-mile planning area, including Johnson Village.

More Nestlé Waters North America Chaffee County Project coverage here and here.