Originally Posted by Ahughes
The woman from the water district said that the project will reduce flows through town, on average, by one-third, and that the reservoir would only take water from the Poudre 4 out of 10 years, when the river is running high.
33% of the flows on average; 4 out of evert 10 years; when the river is high...
Lets see, the Poudre is estimated somewhere around 300,000 ac-ft avg. annual flows. So in ten avg. years, that equals 3,000,000 ac-ft. 1/3 of that is 1,000,000 ac-ft, or over 3 full years of flow down the Poudre. In my eyes, that means they will be taking all they can for those 4 outta 10 years, with the majority being during peak (cottonwood & willow regeneration, aquifer recharge, pollution/nutrient flushing, etc).
Bottom line, when they (their water right) are in priority, they will take every drop they can. She said their pumps will move 1200 cfs into the res., meaning 1200 cfs less through town
. This flow includes water received via exchange, meaning better priority, not the 1980ish priority that the res. recieved. When you look at recent flow records through town you will see daily peak streamflow averaging around 2500-3000 cfs, meaning they will be taking half at peak!
And leaving nothing for the majority of runnoff and the shoulder season if there is anything to take.
As to their comments about enhancement, how can you enhance a riparian cooridor without any surface flow to sustain and recharge the aluvial aquafer or scour and replenish gravel and sandbars? Haven't we learned anything by Glen Canyon Dam...
I was there also, and those people had my head swimming as to why anyone wanted to go $800 million in debt for a lousy 40,000 ac-ft of water (including interest, thats $20,000 per ac-ft, when NCWCD even said on the open market 1 ac-ft = $10,000) to supply the farmers, when this debt will just drive the communities it intends to supply to expand/sprawl rigth out onto the very farmers' lands that it won't
save just to line the pockets of the developers.
Bad, Bad Bad sad news if this continues. You can bet my state rep/ senator/ county commissioners/ city councilmembers/ etc. will hear what I have to say!!
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