Water News

Water News

Many water-related issues impact the entire Colorado River Headwaters area. TU works to keep you informed and to keep our rivers and habitat healthy. Here are links to more information on some of the recent issues.

January 8, 2013: Boulder Commissioners Reject Gross Reservoir Expansion

Denver Water's proposed expansion of Gross Reservoir is a critical component of the Moffat Collection System Project. Denver Water's goal is to increase the amount of water they take from the Fraser River. Currently, Denver Water removes 60% of the Fraser in a trans-basin diversion to the Front Range via the Moffat Tunnel. Denver has proposed increasing that amount to 80% and needs to enlarge Gross Reservoir in Boulder County to handle the additional water from the Fraser. Follow this link to read more about why Boulder County Commissioners rejected the proposed expansion of the reservoir.

January 2013 Windy Gap Letter  

Colorado Wildlife Federation Director Emeritus Dennis Buechler sent an excellent letter to the EPA, Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Public Health & Environment Water Control Division on January 2, 2013. He discussed the positives of the December 2, 2012 1041 agreement regarding the Windy Gap Firming project and pointed out some important reasons to remain vigilant about the process. This brief letter is well worth reading and is available here.

Windy Gap Final Environmental Impact Statement

On August 1 and 2, 2012 the 1041 review process had it's most recent review. For the SkyHi News article on the latest step in the process, click here. To view the entire Bureau of Reclamation document click on Statement.

Colorado Headwaters Fisheries Management Blog

Jon Ewert is the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fisheries biologist responsible for managing the fish populations in Grand and Summit counties, Colorado - plus a little more on the downstream end. Everything that flows into the Colorado River down to State Bridge, minus the Piney River watershed, but including the Toponas country. Jon just started a blog on January 1, 2013 to enable us to ask him questions about what a fisheries biologist does in Grand and Summit Counties and get answers to our fishing-resource related questions. Click here for Jon's blog.

Water on TV

Rocky Mountain PBS has aired five separate shows on water in Colorado in the past few months.  All the shows have been interesting, thought provoking and informative. Your humble Chief Web Lackey recommends all of these TV shows, and would also like to note that Denver Water is one of the underwriters of this series. You can watch any of them online and learn more from this link.

Colorado River Cooperative Agreement

Governor Hickenlooper and leaders from Grand, Summit and Eagle counties proposed the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement in the spring of 2011 in an effort to protect the Colorado. Follow this link for more info.

Denver Water's Moffat Collection Update

We all know that a major source of Denver's water is right here in Grand County. Please follow this link to the latest information provided by Denver Water on the Moffat Collection System.

Kirk Klancke Honored

Recently, Kirk was honored with a national conservation award by Field & Stream Magazine for his efforts to protect our rivers. For a great article from the Sky Hi News, follow this link.

Where Does Our Water Come From

Check out the very well-done video about our water issues.  VERRRRY interesting. Click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0SClpurGuY