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Lake: Bear Creek Lake

Bear Creek Expansion

Post By: not too old to fish      Posted: 2/12/2021 10:09:13 AM     Points: 7400    
What do you guys think of this proposal?

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 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 2/12/2021 10:18:35 AM     Points: 10447
Progress march's on . . . .
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 2/12/2021 10:22:46 AM     Points: 370
im usually pro expanding lakes that arent drawing from already super stressed rivers but I cant say im for this. If you look at the image at the bottom of the page they mention how the lake will still get drawn down a ton and there will be hundreds of acres of just nasty bare soil because of the expansion and the draw downs. Id really rather not sacrifice the trees and habitat around the lake that are great for mushroom foraging, hiking, and just getting outside in favor of expanding a lake that is generally just ok from what i know.

this quote from the page just does not sit right with me...seems like the goal is to use BCL as a tool with no regard to general health of the ecosystem in the area
"The water level in the reservoir would fluctuate by approximately 53 vertical feet as the water level rises and falls. The full volume of 22,000 AF will only be available in higher water years when flows in Bear Creek can accommodate the associated storage rights"

i would not call this progress..i dont see how this can generally be good for the immediate ecosystem in that area
 Reply by: Fish-On-Son!      Posted: 2/12/2021 11:21:56 AM     Points: 446
This would be a disaster in my opinion. Over the last 3-5 years they can hardly sustain the current water levels. How are they going to sustain 5 times that amount? They can't and it would turn the lake into a mud bowl and destroy an awesome little sanctuary right here in town. Absolutely not for this!
 Reply by: pike&cats      Posted: 2/12/2021 5:35:39 PM     Points: 50
Like it or not this kind of thing needs to happen. Only other solution is to put a cap on the growth rate of colorado which would be great but never going to happen. Colorado doesn’t have the luxury of using water from upstream states.
 Reply by: puntfish      Posted: 2/12/2021 6:32:41 PM     Points: 52
What has it done for Chaffield? Nothing. If you look at Bear Creek and the ponds on the Golf course we are running out of water. Build Build Build. I didn't vote for him.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 2/13/2021 8:51:29 AM     Points: 10447
Remember who/what are at the bottom of this . . .The Army Core of Engineers.What the Core wants . . . .
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: 2/13/2021 9:00:12 AM     Points: 157
Try reading Cadillac Desert. A factual read showing how we got here concerning water in the West and what is still ahead.

Eye opening.
 Reply by: puntfish      Posted: 2/13/2021 11:09:54 AM     Points: 52
 Reply by: puntfish      Posted: 2/13/2021 11:17:21 AM     Points: 52
Does the read include thousands of homes and appartments built by Mayor Handcock to build up the Calif liberal population. That's where are water is going.
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: 2/13/2021 12:25:04 PM     Points: 157
Since it was written in 1986 I doubt if the Mayor is mentioned, much less blamed.

It does offer plenty of info about the Corp and politicians, federal, state and local. Politicians of all stripes.

And a whole segment on the proposed Narrows Dam on the S Platte just east of Denver.
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