The Arkansas Basin Roundtable hands out $1 million to 4 projects

Horizontal water wells via LifeWater.org
Horizontal water wells via LifeWater.org

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Arkansas Basin Roundtable Wednesday approved four area water projects totalling about $1 million.

The roundtable’s decisions clear the way for the Colorado Water Conservation Board to consider funding the projects through its Water Supply Reserve Account. The account is funded through mineral severance taxes.

The Fort Lyon Canal is seeking $500,000 to replace the Horse Creek flume, a 392-foot-long, 10-foot diameter steel pipe constructed in 1938 that is at risk of failing after years of repairs.

The pipe is designed to carry the full volume of the Fort Lyon Canal, up to 1,800 cubic feet per second, over Horse Creek.

If it failed, hundreds of people’s homes could be flooded.

The full project would cost $2.2 million and is expected to be complete by next April.

The Box Springs Canal Co. in Crowley County, mostly members of the Markus family, is seeking $200,000 to restore a system of wells built in the early 1900s to support research by the D.V. Burrell Seed Co. and later companies looking at plant genetics.

There are five reservoirs in the system that now irrigates 240 acres, compared with 6,000 acres originally.

Garrett Markus, a water engineer, explained three horizontal wells are needed to replace 15 vertical wells that failed or are not producing.

Lamar is seeking $160,000 to redevelop two wells that were taken out of use. The new purpose of the wells would be for nonpotable water that could be used to irrigate Lamar’s cemetery and golf course. The total cost is about $400,000.

A $250,000 study would look at a study of collaborative storage in the Cucharas River basin. While there are numerous reservoirs in the basin, many are under state restrictions, Sandy White of the Huerfano Conservancy District explained.

More IBCC — basin roundtables coverage here.

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