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Old 09-12-2005   #1
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proposed dam on bear creek, have you heard of this?


construction could start next spring on the reservoir, which will hold up to 40 million gallons - almost as much as Cherry Creek Reservoir.
I haven't heard of this, but according to the article it could go in next year. It doesn't look like the dam is on Bear creek proper, looks like a tributary gulch, but if the water to fill it comes from Bear Creek then we can forget about boating it ever again. It barely runs as it is!


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The alternative is for them to just stop developing but that shit ain't gonna happen.

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Old 09-12-2005   #3
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Yeah, if this goes through we can say bye-bye to Bear! Maybe we can push for scheduled releases but like you said, Bear dosen't even fun that often and the releases that they would have would be bare minimum and probably not boatable.....what's next, dam Clear Creek for a reservoir for Black Hawk, then Boulder Ck., and so on. What a load of crap!
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Old 09-12-2005   #4
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Boulder Creek is already heavily dammed. The only flows we get down it are the ones that occur after Barker Dam starts to crest, plus a bit of flow off the Boulder Falls tribuatary on occasion. For the Drought years there was next to no flow down Boulder creek. At current the need for water in Golden far outweighs the need for it in Black Hawk, so for now it will make its way down to at least Golden. Hehee....I know you were being sarcastic, but there are your answers. Boulder Creek is especially screwy, as instead of going out of one resevoir into the creek and then into another resevoir, there is just a big pipe that goes between the two, so Boulder Creek often doesn't see the flow that should be going. I think thats a major contributor to the fact that parts of Boulder Creek have higher bacteria and contaminant levels then the South Platte in downtown Denver. If there is nothing to flush the crap out of the river bed, then its bound to create some pretty nasty ecological issues. We were fortunate this year to get a pretty decent flow down it, but its not the typical case.

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