The Crystal fire is not expected to impact water quality for northern Colorado communities

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

The fire “can mobilize a lot of organic material,” said Steve Gunderson, director of the Colorado Water Quality Control Division. “If that gets into a public water sys-tem, that can be tough to treat. It can mobilize a lot of sediment, and that can wreck havoc on a stream.”

Kevin Gertig, Fort Collins water resources and treatment operations manager, said it’s unclear if the Crystal Fire could impact the city’s water supply, but it’s unlikely the fire is burning in an area that drains into Horsetooth Reservoir, one of two major sources of the city’s municipal water. “Our current assessment is no impact,” he said, adding that city utilities officials can’t make that de-termination final until they see a detailed topographic map showing the burn area.

The city of Loveland takes its water from the Big Thompson River upstream of its confluence with Buckhorn Creek. “We don’t have any impacts to our domestic water supply,” said Steve Adams, Loveland water utilities manager.

Officials at Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, which manages the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, do not believe the fire will impact Northern Water’s facilities, said spokesman Brian Werner.

More South Platte River basin coverage here.

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