Dec 2, 2010 7:48 PM by Greg Boyce
The Colorado Wildlife Commission will get its first look at potential impacts of Denver Water's proposal to increase trans-mountain diversions from the Fraser River to the Front Range next week. That meeting will happen on December 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Crowne Plaza at 2886 S. Circle Drive in Colorado Springs.
The major item on the agenda will be a presentation by DOW staff on the potential impacts to wildlife and aquatic resources from Denver Water's Moffat Firming Project, which will send an additional 18,000 acre-feet of water per year through the existing collection system to the Moffat Treatment Plant in Jefferson County. The impacts report sets the stage for commissioners to consider a plan to mitigate those impacts, which is scheduled to be presented by Denver Water in 2011.
In October, commissioners received a similar staff report on the potential impacts of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District's Windy Gap Firming Project. That project will send up to an additional 30,000 acre-feet of water per year from the upper Colorado River to the proposed Chimney Hollow Reservoir in Boulder County west of Carter Lake.
Members of the public who are unable to attend Commission meetings and workshops can listen to the proceedings through a link on the DOW's website.
To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the "listen to live audio" link at the bottom of the "Wildlife Commission" webpage.