Opposition to Denver’s plan to nearly triple Gross Reservoir in southwest Boulder County seems to be heating up.
To slake the thirst of its growing number of customers, Denver Water wants to raise Gross Reservoir’s dam by 125 feet, which would add 72,000 acre-feet of capacity to the reservoir’s existing 41,000 acre-feet of storage.
But for the bigger reservoir to be useful, it has to be filled with water. And that water would come from the already depleted (and, some would argue, over-appropriated) Colorado River watershed. Read more
Denver is thirsty — and only getting thirstier.
By 2030, in fact, Denver will be short about 11 billion gallons of water to quench the thirst of Denver residents (and their lawns…)
So Denver is proposing a plan to pump more water from the headwaters of the Colorado River over the Continental Divide to Gross Reservoir in southwest Boulder County. And to do that, Denver wants to almost triple the size of Gross Reservoir.
The draft environmental impact statement for the project, which would fill the newly enlarged reservoir with more water from tributaries of the Colorado River near Granby, was released this month.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday in Boulder to collect comments on the environmental impact statement. … Read more