Here’s the story from Kevin Duggan writing for the Fort Collins Coloradon. Here’s an excerpt:
Failure to file required paperwork has cost Fort Collins a water right on the Poudre River it has held for 28 years.
The right was intended to help fill Halligan Reservoir, which sits on the North Fork of the Poudre River, if a project to enlarge the reservoir is ever approved and built.
The city has been working on the enlargement proposal for many years. It secured a conditional right to receive up to 33,462 acre-feet of water in 1985 in hopes of storing part of it in Halligan to meet future water needs and protect the city’s water supply during times of drought.