The Cedaredge Public Works Department's monthly water report has noted the contribution of the Thunder Mountain Wheelers ATV club for its work that is helping to secure the dam on the town's Calumet reservoir.
The small, 10-acre-foot reservoir's dam was feared being degraded by a trail across it that the ATV group had become accustomed to using.
When it was determined that the use was having an impact, the club members did the right thing.
"Thunder Mountain Wheelers has been working diligently with the town and the Forest Service to relocate the trail that crosses our dam at Calumet Reservoir," stated the public works report. "They are awaiting final approval from the Forest Service to take the trail from Chipmunk to the north side of the Reservoir."
The Town of Cedaredge owns several reservoirs on Grand Mesa which for varying reasons are not fully functioning to benefit the raw water collection and storage system. Some of the reservoirs could face "abandonment" status if not rehabilitated.
"There have been many discussions over the years about the need to preserve the water and storage rights, but it has generally been found to not be a cost effective means of obtaining water," states the water report. "The Town of Cedaredge by itself is not in a position to rehabilitate the dams due to the high cost and low return (i.e., water yield)." But the rights associated with the water they could store are senior and valuable in that regard.
The town is working with water managers and agencies now evaluating various scenarios for keeping the water and the senior rights they carry on the Grand Mesa.
In a separate water matter, the Orchard City Irrigation District voted to increase water allocations from 45 percent to 52 percent because of recent rainy weather.blog comments powered by Disqus