From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):
“This is definitely a way to make it an amenity and not a liability,” said Tom Autobee, a water board member who made a motion to pursue the plan. It passed 5-0. The 3.7-mile pipeline would connect the St. Charles reservoirs with Lake Minnequa in order to keep fresh water flowing into Minnequa. It would be gravity-fed and would cost about $1 million in materials. The project could start as soon as this summer. Right now, Lake Minnequa fills only with stormwater. Drought for the past two years has created low levels in the lake that have killed fish and created odors for the Bessemer neighborhoods surrounding the lake.
The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District has agreed to flow some of its water through Lake Minnequa and the water board would provide some additional water to account for evaporation or for flow-through, under a separate agreement…
The city would repay the water board through stormwater fees over three years, through a reduction in the amount remitted by the water board. The water board collects stormwater fees for the city on its monthly bills.