The Arkansas Basin Roundtable approves a $739,000 grant request for the City of Trinidad’s North Lake Dam rehabilitation project

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The roundtable sent a $739,000 grant request to the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The money comes out of a mineral severance tax fund designated to meet the urban water gap projected by the Statewide Water Supply Initiative. The CWCB has final say on the grant. The reservoir is the primary source for the city of Trinidad, and also benefits the surrounding area, said Utility Superintendent James Fernandez…

Trinidad has spent $847,000 to design and build a new concrete outlet works and drain, but engineers estimate another $1.8 million is needed to reinforce the dam and rebuild the spillway. The city also has applied for a $739,000 low-interest construction loan from the CWCB and will put $369,000 into the project…

In other action, the roundtable:

– Elected officers: Chairman, Gary Barber; vice chairman, Jim Broderick and vice chairwoman, SeEtta Moss; recorder, Terry Scanga; Interbasin Compact Committee representatives, Danielson and Jay Winner, with Broderick as alternate.

– Heard a presentation on the CWCB’s portfolio tool, which projects how much of the state’s future water supply would be filled by current projects, urban conservation or reuse, new projects and agricultural transfers. CWCB staffer Todd Doherty said the goal of other roundtables in the state is to minimize the dry-up of agriculture to fill future needs.

– Considered potential appointments to the Flaming Gorge task force, which will look at issues associated with either of two proposals to construct a pipeline from Green River in Wyoming to Colorado’s Front Range. Several roundtable members made the point that the task force would provide a template on how to deal with future state projects, and would not endorse a Flaming Gorge project.

More IBCC–basin roundtables coverage here.

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