It seems theres never really a short answer, is there?
1) the Glade Reservoir is not approved, it is merely in the initial stages of the NEPA process (public meetings have been conducted, awaiting release of the draft EIS, potentially as early as this winter).
2) the Glade Reservoir is an off channel reservoir near the mouth of the Poudre Canyon and is part of the 2 reservoir Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP). http://www.ncwcd.org/project_features/nisp_main.asp
3) the Glade Reservoir uses a pumping station near the Poudre at Teds Place to put water into the reservoir
4) the Galeton Reservoir is located out on the plains east of Ault and would work in conjunction with Glade and has its own pump station.
5) the plumbing is amazing: Glade Galeton transfers, Glade Horsetooth transfers via ditches and pipelines and pump stations. Chandler Peter ([email protected]
) from the USACE is the lead agency contact.
6) the Poudre River Enhancement project includes more than a play park and funding efforts have highlighted improvement of river/streambank health through the project reach as a major part of the project
7) taking water out of the Poudre, for me, does not seem to contribute favorably to river or stream health
8) the current list of NISP participants (Berthoud, Central Weld County WD, Eaton, Erie, Evans, Ft. Collins-Loveland WD, Ft. Lupton, Ft. Morgan, Lafayette, Morgan County Quality WD, Severance, Windsor)
9) note that NISP participants include cities that are not in the Poudre watershed (ala West Slope diversions).
10) Two participants have withdrawn from the project due to excessive cost (Northern Weld and Little Thompson Water Districts)
11) As Arn suggests, ditches might create boating/feature opportunities when there is little/no water left in the river. I agree that it is reasonable to use opportunities that are available, but for me is no reason to support irresponsible water projects.
12) The following groups are some that are monitoring efforts to undermine the health of the Poudre River and asking decision makers to truly evaluate the financial burden ($$/acre foot yield for new storage vs. water conservation), continued degradation of Poudre River and watershed conditions, growth that is neither well planned nor paying for itself, etc.
a. Friends of the Poudre (http://www.friendsofthepoudre.org/
b. Trout Unlimited (http://www.rockymtnflycasters.com/
c. Audobon Society (http://www.fortnet.org/Audubon/
d. Poudre Paddlers (http://www.poudrepaddlers.org/
e. Sierra Club (http://www.rockymtn.sierraclub.org/pcg/
f. Colorado Environmental Coalition (http://www.ourcolorado.org/
g. Citizen Planners (http://www.fortnet.org/cp