The best hope for sustainable water supplies is to build more storage or expand existing storage. Fort Collins and Greeley are planning to do just that with Halligan Reservoir and Seaman Reservoir, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.
From the article, "The city of Fort Collins owns Halligan, which would grow from its current 6,400 acre-feet to 40,000 acre-feet. An acre-foot of water is enough to serve one or two urban families of four for a year.
"Fort Collins would gain about 12,000 acre-feet of storage and share the rest with Fort Collins-Loveland, North Weld and East Larimer County water districts, as well as North Poudre Irrigation Co.
"The city of Greeley owns Seaman, which would expand from 5,000 acre-feet to 60,000 acre-feet.
"Both reservoirs are on the North Fork of the Poudre River.
"Reservoir proponents say they need more storage to supply future growth and protect against severe droughts.
"Opponents say water providers should pursue water efficiency and conservation before asking for bigger reservoirs. They also say the bigger reservoirs would destroy habitat and threaten the tourist market that has grown up around the Poudre River.
"The plan, now at the beginning of a federal permitting process, calls for Halligan's expansion by 2010 and Seaman's expansion by 2020. A draft environmental impact statement is due by the end of 2007.
"Each reservoir would get a new dam, with the Halligan dam measuring twice as big as the existing dam. The reservoir's surface area would increase by about 2.5 times.
Category: Colorado Water