Fountain Creek: Lower Ark board declines opportunity to fund study of Waldo Canyon Fire effects on water quality


From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District board voted unanimously not to fund the request by Colorado State University-Pueblo scientists, saying it’s time for other agencies to step up on water quality studies. “The biggest problem is that there need to be more funding partners,” said Lynden Gill, acting chairman of the board. “We have limited resources and are in a situation where we feel uncomfortable.”[…]

[Scott Herrmann] said the water in Upper Monument Creek, near Cascade where the fire started, was as black as charcoal, turning grayer downstream. Further analysis also could detect whether there are higher levels of phosphorus in the water, a byproduct of ammonia phosphate and sulfate ions, the chief ingredients of the slurry dumped on wildfires. The researchers previously told the Lower Ark board they would like to expand the Fountain Creek study to the reach of the Arkansas River from Pueblo Dam to Baxter.

However, the Waldo Canyon Fire presented unique opportunities to study Fountain Creek, [Del Nimmo] said. “The fire has already had a profound impact,” Nimmo said. “There have been incredible changes on the Upper Fountain.”

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