Southern Delivery System: SDS partners starting negotiations with Reclamation for excess capacity contracts in Lake Pueblo

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The first negotiation session is planned for 9 a.m. May 25 in the third floor boardroom of the Helen T. White building at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. The second session is set for 9 a.m. June 15 in the Max Kade Theater in the Armstrong Building at Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs and its SDS partners are asking the Bureau of Reclamation for federal excess-capacity contracts to store water, connect a pipeline to Pueblo Dam and to exchange water as part of SDS, a $1 billion-plus project that would build a pipeline through Pueblo and El Paso counties…

The hearings are open to the public, and will include public comments at the end of each negotiating session, said Kara Lamb, spokeswoman for Reclamation. “Written comments also may be submitted on the draft contract,” Lamb said…

Colorado Springs Utilities intends to begin construction later this year, and has identified ASI Constructors of Pueblo West as the lead contractor on building the North Outlet Works at Pueblo Dam. Utilities also hosted its first workshop for contractors Thursday in Colorado Springs. Other workshops are planned for 3:30 p.m. Monday at El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., and 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fremont Campus of Pueblo Community College at 51320 W. U.S. 50, Canon City. The first phase of SDS will cost about $880 million, with $550 million going toward construction. The rest goes toward planning, legal and permit costs. An average of 380 workers is anticipated with a labor costs of $160 million by the time the project is completed in 2016. During that time, Colorado Springs ratepayers could see their rates double, if Colorado Springs City Council implements 12 percent rate increases Utilities is seeking.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

The Bureau of Reclamation invites the public to attend two contract negotiation sessions on May 25 and June 15. Reclamation is negotiating with the cities of Colorado Springs and Fountain, the Security Water District, and the Pueblo West Metropolitan District for the proposed excess capacity contracts related to the Southern Delivery System Project. The first contract negotiation session will be held May 25 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in the 3rd Floor Board Room at 210 N. Santa Fe Avenue in Pueblo, Colo. The second negotiation session will be held June 15 in the Max Kade Theater at Colorado College, 14 East Cache la Poudre Street in Colorado Springs, Colo. Each session will begin at 9 a.m. There will be a designated time in each session for public comments to be heard. Reclamation is also accepting written comments on the draft contract.

For more information, to obtain a copy of the draft contract, or to submit written comments, please contact Kara Lamb at (970) 962-4326 or klamb@usbr.gov.

More Southern Delivery System coverage here and here.

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