The Rio Grande Roundtable approves Sanchez Ditch and Reservoir Company request for funding for gate rehab project

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From the Valley Courier (Ruth Heide):

The Sanchez Ditch and Reservoir Company has a $2 million plan to replace the deteriorating concrete gate tower that is currently only accessible by cable car across the reservoir. This week the Rio Grande Roundtable, a Valley-wide water group meeting in Alamosa, unanimously approved requests for about half of the cost from local basin and statewide water accounts. The requests for $55,000 from the local basin and $859,400 from the statewide account will now go to the Colorado Water Conservation Board this fall for approval. The ditch company is also taking out a $1.1 million loan.

Design work would then be completed next year with actual construction in the fall of 2014 and projected completion in March 2015.

Project Coordinator Nicole Langley told the roundtable members during their meeting on Tuesday that this structural project is the second phase of a Sanchez Reservoir upgrade. The first phase, which the roundtable also helped fund, assisted the ditch company in determining what was the best route to go in addressing problems with the existing 100-year-old gate tower, which is used to distribute water to farmland in the San Luis area…

The tower will be demolished above approximately 8335 feet elevation by making saw cuts, setting explosive charges and laying it over in the reservoir, Robinson explained. Two new gates will be installed on a slab over what is left of the tower, so instead of eight gates, two will be used to control water distribution.

More IBCC — basin roundtables coverage here.

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