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The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Windy Gap Firming Project
12/1/2011
Credit:
email Kara Lamb Public Information Bureau of Reclamation Eastern Colorado Area Office (970) 962-4326 and content from the Bureau of Reclamation press release
The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Windy Gap Firming Project. The FEIS is a large document, but can be downloaded in PDF from the Bureau’s website: www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao. It can be viewed in hard copy at libraries local to Grand County and across northeastern Colorado.

The Windy Gap Firming Project (WGFP) is a proposed water supply project that would provide more reliable water deliveries to Colorado’s Front Range and West Slope communities and industries. The Municipal Sub-district is seeking approval from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for additional physical connections to Colorado-Big Thompson Project facilities in order to implement the proposed project. Water deliveries from the West Slope currently are limited by storage capacity in Granby Reservoir and by the delivery capacity of the Adams Tunnel, which delivers water from Grand Lake to the East Slope. The WGFP would add water storage and related facilities to the existing Windy Gap operations capable of delivering a firm annual yield of about 30,000 acre-feet (AF) to Project Participants.

The proposed alternatives are:

Alternative 1 (No Action): Continuation of operations under existing agreements between
Reclamation and the Subdistrict for conveyance of Windy Gap water through C-BT facilities and the enlargement of Ralph Price Reservoir by the City of Longmont.

Alternative 2 (Proposed Action): Chimney Hollow Reservoir (90,000 AF) with prepositioning.

Alternative 3: Chimney Hollow Reservoir (70,000 AF) and Jasper East Reservoir (20,000 AF).

Alternative 4: Chimney Hollow Reservoir (70,000 AF) and Rockwell/Mueller Creek Reservoir (20,000 AF).

Alternative 5: Dry Creek Reservoir (60,000 AF) and Rockwell/Mueller Creek Reservoir
(30,000 AF).
Member comments
by: nparker on 12/1/2011 10:40:00 AM
I would like to see Chimney Hollow Reservoir managed as a quality fishing area with restricted limits, especially for trout and Bass. Also, we have had trouble with reservoirs totally controlled by water interests with little or no regard to fishing. The reservoir should have restrictions on low water levels or at least never totally drained. The dam is still on the drawing board. Let's make our suggestions.