Fraser River: Work to begin August 15 for reconstruction of the Fraser River settling pond near Winter Park

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Here’s the release from Grand County via the Sky-Hi Daily News. Here’s an excerpt:

The project is located in the Arapaho National Forest and involves collaboration between the Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver Water, the Town of Winter Park and Grand County as well as the East Grand Water Quality Board, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

The 15-year-old pond will be rebuilt to better trap and collect sediment that washes down the road. Improved engineering will allow CDOT to easily remove excess sediment from the pond without impacting wetlands or infrastructure. The sediment will be hauled to a Grand County gravel pit for reuse. The sediment has been tested to make sure there are no environmental concerns.

In rivers, trout need cold, clear water with a loose, rocky bottom. Traction cinders used on Berthoud Pass in the winter end up in the Fraser River, choking spawning beds and other aquatic habitat and undermining overall stream health.

In addition, the excess sediment clogs Winter Park Water and Sanitation District drinking water intake pipes and Winter Park Resort’s diversion pumps. By collecting and removing the excess sediment, project partners hope to improve water quality and the functioning of the Fraser River ecosystem.

More Fraser River coverage here and here.

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