Southern Delivery System: Lake Pueblo storage and conveyance contract negotions between Colorado Springs Utilities and Reclamtion to resume on August 24

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Bureau of Reclamation Thursday announced the next session of negotiations with Colorado Springs will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Pueblo Shrine Club, 1501 West McCulloch Blvd., Pueblo West. Colorado Springs is negotiating contracts with Reclamation for SDS for storage and conveyance of water on behalf of its partners, Fountain, Security and Pueblo West. Colorado Springs also wants a contract for a paper trade exchange of water between Lake Pueblo and Twin Lakes. As part of the deal, Fountain and Colorado Springs would exchange space in the existing Fountain Valley pipeline…

Colorado Springs is seeking 20,000 acre-feet of storage in Lake Pueblo in 2011, and would increase it to 28,000 acre-feet over the next 10 years. Pueblo West wants 10,000 acre-feet; Security, 2,500 acre-feet; and Fountain, 1,500 acre-feet. Colorado Springs also wants an annual contract for a paper trade of up to 10,000 acre-feet annually, which would trade water it stores in Lake Pueblo for Fryingpan-Arkansas Project water in Twin Lakes. Colorado Springs can pump water from Twin Lakes through the Otero Pumping Station, part of the Homestake Project it shares with Aurora.

In a related matter Thursday, Colorado Springs Project Director John Fredell and Project Manager Keith Riley presented an update on dredging costs for Fountain Creek to the Pueblo County commissioners as part of the compliance process for the county’s 1041 permit for SDS. Costs ranged from $500,000 to $1.3 million.

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