Two years on WordPress

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Two years ago I created Coyote Gulch here on WordPress.com. I was having software troubles with the old weblog.

This is post 4,193 since 2009. Thanks for reading and thanks for the kind words when I’m lucky enough to meet you in person.

Fountain Creek: The City of Pueblo is asking Pueblo County to throw some dough at a sedimentation mitigation test

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The $350,000 request is part of a $1 million project that includes a test of a 30-foot collector near the confluence with the Arkansas River to remove sediment from flowing water in Fountain Creek in order to preserve the ability of the levee system to protect homes and businesses from flooding.

The larger project also includes a detention pond in north Pueblo that is designed to reduce the peak flow of moderate floods. City, state and federal funds are being used to finance the effort. On Thursday, Pueblo stormwater consultant Dennis Maroney presented commissioners with a list of projects that could qualify for funding under a $2.2 million settlement reached by the county with Colorado Springs Utilities last year. The money fulfilled the commitment by Colorado Springs to pay for dredging Fountain Creek through Pueblo under the 1041 permit for the Southern Delivery System. The sediment collection system is the most immediate need. Maroney requested about $350,000 to cover costs to complete site preparation, install the collector and haul sediment to nearby land the city owns on Joplin Avenue.

More Fountain Creek coverage here and here.

Whitewater rafting business news

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Pat Ferrier):

Guides brought nearly 37,400 people down the glistening waters of the Poudre River – about 400 more than the year before when the economic downturn hit the industry, according to a new report issued by the Colorado River Outfitters Association. The Poudre River was the sixth busiest of the 27 Colorado rivers with commercial activity…

With mountain snowpack at about 130 percent of average, [Brad Modesitt, owner of Mountain Whitewater Descents] already is getting bookings for summer trips. “We will have some water and we’ll have some fun out there.”[…]

Well-educated and affluent, customers of the five local rafting companies permitted to take visitors down the river spent $4.3 million on rafting, food, lodging, souvenirs in the area. That translates into an $11 million economic boon for the city and its surrounding area, according to the Colorado Tourism Board. The economic impact is up slightly from $4.2 million in direct expenditures and $10.8 million overall in the 2009 survey. Statewide, the 2010 economic impact totaled more than $150 million from more than a half-million rafters…

The Arkansas River was the busiest with 211,150 commercial user days, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association.

More whitewater coverage here.

New Glenwood Springs wastewater treatment plant update

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From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Stroud):

During a brief project update at last week’s Glenwood Springs City Council meeting, [project engineer Chad Paulson of SGM Engineers] said about one-third of the work is complete and approximately 42 percent of the budget spent…

The new plant, located west of the existing municipal operations building, will replace the outdated sewer treatment facility on Seventh Street, near the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. The construction contract was awarded last spring to Salida-based Moltz Construction for $22.3 million…

Including engineering and the related work last summer to connect the lift station at the current wastewater treatment plant site to the new location, the total project cost is around $33 million. Some of that overall cost will also cover eventual demolition of the old plant.

More wastewater coverage here and here.

Pagosa Springs scores $4 million from USDA for new wastewater treatment plant

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From the Pagosa Sun (Jim McQuiggin):

Yesterday, the town of Pagosa Springs received notice from the USDA that it would be receiving the funds for the construction of the facility. The money includes $3,145,000 in loans (at 2 percent interest) and $787,000 in grants. Along with other funds secured two years ago (a $2 million loan from the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority and a $1.25 million grant from the Department of Local Affairs), the town of Pagosa Springs has just over $7 million to construct the plant. “I’m relieved that we’re finally moving forward,” said Phil Starks, supervisor for the Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District. According to Starks, the town would most likely break ground on the project in May.

More wastewater coverage here and here.