Telluride: The Idarado Mining Company is recalling water rights that it gave the town in 1992

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From The Telluride Daily Planet (Matthew Beaudin):

The company said in a press release that it would use the water to generate power at the Bridal Veil Power Station, a turn of the 20th century hydroelectric powerplant that looms at the end of the box canyon. “In 1992, we conditionally deeded our water rights to Telluride because we were not using them at the time, reserving the right to recall them for Idarado’s future needs,” said David Baker, president of Idarado, in a release. “We are now exercising our right to recall these water rights to support electrical power generation and for other possible uses in the future.”[…]

The Bridal Veil Power Station is an uncommon confluence in the channels of groundbreaking utility and improbable beauty. It is one of the oldest operating AC generators in the country (behind the Ames hydroelectric station, just up the highway) and still surges power into the local grid, but it is also a building of a certain esteem, standing sentry to the valley from its perch atop the state’s tallest waterfall.

More San Miguel River watershed coverage here.

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