Colorado Water 2012: History and purpose of the San Luis Valley’s closed basin project

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Here’s the latest installment of the Valley Courier’s series for Colorado Water 2012, written by Ken Beck, manager of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Closed Basin Project. Click through and read the whole article. Here’s an excerpt:

The Closed Basin Project, which is operated and maintained by the Bureau of Reclamation and currently employs 23 individuals, pumps water from the sump area through a network of shallow groundwater wells or salvage wells. This salvaged water is delivered through a 42-mile canal to the Rio Grande. The project also delivers water to the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, the Blanca Wildlife Habitat Area and San Luis Lake.

The Rio Grande Water Conservation District (RGWCD) provides civil maintenance on the Closed Basin Project.

A three person operating committee consisting of representatives of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, RGWCD and Reclamation oversees operation of the Closed Basin Project. The committee ensures operation within parameters outlined in the Rio Grande Compact regarding pumping restrictions and water quality requirements.

More Colorado Water 2012 coverage here.

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