But the decree, while granting Rangely-based Rio Blanco the amount of storage it was seeking, doesn’t allow the district all the water uses that it initially wanted.
Colorado Stone Quarries officials must address public comments, propose plan to mitigate damage caused by creek relocation.
Occurrence tied to warming trend, may be influenced by ranching history.
Division 6 Water Judge Michael A O’Hara III, in a Dec. 23 order, determined that Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District has not provided enough evidence that its current existing water rights won’t meet demands in the categories of municipal, irrigation, domestic, in-reservoir piscatorial, commercial and augmentation for Yellow Jacket Water Conservancy District.
Proposal on the Blue River would grow food for undernourished fish using phosphorus, which can cause toxic algae blooms
The documents, obtained through a Colorado Open Records Act request, also underscore the extent to which fear of a compact call is shaping this proposed dam and reservoir project between Meeker and Rangely.
They also say the company, which was found to have violated the Clean Water Act for moving the section of Yule Creek without first applying for a permit, should undertake river restoration projects elsewhere in the Crystal River basin as compensatory mitigation for damage the company caused when it moved the waterway to construct a road to better access its marble quarry.
According to the framework, project proponents should get buy-in from local governments in the form of a letter of support from the board of county commissioners in the county in which the project is located.
A geographically expanded program with consistent funding would revolutionize water management in Colorado, according to the grant application.
A collaborative effort among federal, state and local officials is critical to reducing the chemical toxic to endangered fish.