From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Cassa Niedringhaus):
The 950-foot earthen dam on the north edge of the reservoir is classified as a “significant hazard dam” because of its proximity to homes to the east. The dam is located west of the intersection of Overland Trail and Drake Road in west Fort Collins. It’s prone to “seepage” in which water moves through the dam and erodes it away.
The reservoir’s water level has dropped significantly in recent weeks to allow the dam to dry out so work can begin to repair it. The dam is located in the city-managed Pineridge Natural Area.
The Dixon Canyon Ditch and Reservoir Company, which manages the operation of the reservoir, hired John Gauthiere of Gauthiere Engineering to head the repair project.
“It’s not a major risk, and we were not told we had to do it,” Dixon Reservoir Company president Doug Kokes said. “It’s going to have to be done sometime, so we said, ‘Let’s get it done now before it becomes a hazard.’ ”
Gauthiere submitted preliminary plans to the state March 30. Kokes said Gauthiere will submit finalized plans to the state this week.
He said he plans to spend the next eight weeks finding a contractor to do the construction work, which he said should take between one to two months to complete.