The Morgan County Commissioners are supporting the Chatfield Reallocation Project

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From The Fort Morgan Times (Dan Barker):

The goal of the Chatfield Reservoir Storage Reallocation Project is to clean silt out of existing water storage at Chatfield Reservoir and expand its capacity. Overall, it is expected to mean the reservoir could hold an extra 20,600 acre feet of water or more, said Morgan County Commissioner Laura Teague during Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Morgan County Commissioners. That would prevent that amount of water from running out of Colorado, and save it for use in the state, she said…

Water providers who contract and pay for the use of the water storage have agreed to pay for the needed mitigation of environmental impacts and modification of recreational facilities…

The commissioners approved a resolution to support the project, and it will be delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the record of public comments on the project…

The Town of Wiggins Board of Trustees approved a similar letter last week.

More South Platte River basin coverage here and here.

Fountain Creek: Runoff from Waldo Canyon Fire could affect stormwater flows for years

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District heard a report on the potential flood, mudflows and landslide impacts that could follow the Waldo Canyon Fire, which burned near Colorado Springs from June 26 to July 10. A small storm event could send up to 12 times as much water down canyons and into Fountain Creek, while larger storms such as a 10-year event might bring five times as much water because vegetation has been stripped away and soils hardened…

Jamie Prochno, an engineer and community assistance coordinator for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, told the Fountain Creek board that residents near the burn and even those downstream should consider flood insurance…

The Fountain Creek board is planning to play a role in Waldo recovery efforts. Its technical advisory committee and citizens advisory group have begun discussions about what that should be. The district was formed in 2009 by the state Legislature to sort out Fountain Creek issues between Pueblo and El Paso counties.

More Fountain Creek coverage here and here.