Restoration: Nestlé Waters North America plans to apply for a permit to restore the old fish hatchery at their Ruby Spring pumping facility to a more natural state

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From The Mountain Mail (Cailey McDermott):

The restoration work was a condition of the permit agreement with Chaffee County.

Bobbi McClead, natural resource manager, said a special permit is needed from the U.S. Army Corps for construction in a wetland environment, and the plan is to apply soon for the permit…

The plan is to remove all man-made structures from the wetland area to create a more natural habitat and an educational site for school use. The upper pond will be expanded with an island for fowl habitat, and the ponds will be lined with geotextile liner. The liner will help filter, drain and protect the ponds…

The Ruby Mountain spring area is between 16 and 18 acres, she said. McClead said she expects the reclamation project to be completed in 2012 with the bulk of the construction occurring in spring during low groundwater flows. She said there is a large variability of underground flows, which can range from 500 to 2,000 gallons per minute. There are two pump houses on the property, but only one is operational. McClead said the older pump house is used as a backup if needed. She said Nestlé is permitted to pump up to 122 gallons per minute per day from the operating well, but it runs continually at 110 gallons per minute to keep the water moving. McClead said they are only taking a “portion” of what would naturally be lost, so there is “no depletion of water over time.”

More Nestlé Waters North America Chaffee County Project coverage here and here.

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