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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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Hurricane Valley Journal: "With Washington County's rapid growth appearing not to be slowing anytime soon, St. George and the surrounding community will begin to feel pressure on its water supply by 2012, according to Water District estimates.

"With this in mind, the plan is to build a water line from Lake Powell, tapping into Utah's unused portion of its Colorado water rights. Currently, Utah is using 74 percent of its annual allocation of 1,369,000 acre feet, states the project Web site.

"The Pipeline will deliver approximately 70,000 acre feet of water annually to Washington County, 10,000 acre-feet to Kane County and 20,000 acre-feet to Iron County. Developers hope the pipeline will allow the county, with over 125,000 people today, to grow to the nearly 500,000 people projected over the next 30 years.

"The pipeline will extend 120 miles from Lake Powell to Sand Hollow Reservoir and another 30 miles to Cedar City. The approximate cost of the Pipeline project is expected to exceed $494 million in current dollars, according to the project Web site, and take some 10 years to complete. Various engineering and feasibility studies, rights of way, permits and agreements need to be obtained, as well as an environmental review of the project. Actual construction is projected to take three years."

Category: Colorado Water

6:34:50 AM    

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The Colorado Springs City Council approved new stormwater fees last night, according to From the article, "Starting early next year, expect to see another bill in the mail if you live in Colorado Springs city limits. City Council agreed Tuesday to assess property owners a storm-water enterprise fee to pay for a back-log of drainage projects. It won't be as bad as once predicted. Instead of about $7.50 a month, it'll be closer to $5.00 for most home-owners. City leaders say they've tried to make the fee as painless for everyone as possible. You see the problem when it rains: swollen creeks and flooded streets. A storm-water system in need of a 300 million dollar fix. Starting early next year, residents, non-profits and business owners will start footing the bill."

Here's the coverage from They write, "The new plan would take into account how much impervious surface your property has compared to the total area of land. If you have a lower percentage of impervious area to total area, you would pay less than neighbors with bigger homes and more drveway. The new plan also seperates every property into one of three categories. Businesses would pay the most per-sqaure-foot of impervious surface with homes and other dwellings in the middle, and schools, non-profit organizations and other educational entities paying the least. There will also be caps on how much the storm water fee can take out of customers checking accounts each month. Stormwater leaders say 80 percent of homeowners would pay around $5 a month or less. Large businesses that would have paid between $50,000 dollars to $100,000 a year under the old plan can now expect to budget closer to $10,000 in storm water fees. Non-profits and schools can also expect deep discounts compared to original projections.

"The changes mean less revenue for capital improvement projects and utilities maintenance. The original plan would have brought in 66 million dollars over the next five years, the new plan scales back the amount to 44 million dollars according to storm water enterprise leaders. The money is earmarked for utilities maintenance and capital improvement projects including a six million dollar improvement for the Fountain Creek and Monument Creek confluence."

Category: Colorado Water

6:27:52 AM    

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If you're interested in potential flooding on the south side of Boulder there is an informational meeting tonight to discuss the subject, according to the Colorado Daily. From the article, "Most of the time, South Boulder Creek waters are shallow and non-threatening, but many Boulder citizens and people affiliated with CU-Boulder also need to understand its potential for flooding. The City of Boulder and consultants have been studying the Creek's (SBC) floodplain characteristics for years, and the city will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss new information. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Spice of Life Catering Center, 5706 Arapahoe Avenue. Bob Harberg, the city's Utilities Project Engineering Coordinator, said Wednesday's format will include verbal and PowerPoint presentations, a question and answer session, and plenty of visual data from the SBC Flood Mapping project to date."

Category: Colorado Water

6:24:06 AM    

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