On Thursday, March 6, Reclamation is hosting a public open house to introduce a new environmental review and public scoping process. The purpose of the open house is to collect comment on two contracts between Reclamation and Colorado Springs, and several other parties, for diversion of water from Green Mountain Reservoir and for interruption of power production.
The open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Silverthorne Library (Blue River Room), in Silverthorne CO, at 651 Center Circle.
Under the National Environmental Policy Act, Reclamation will be analyzing the direct, indirect and cumulative effects of issuing Green Mountain Reservoir Substitution and Power Interference Agreements to Colorado Springs Utilities. Springs Utilities is proposing a long-term agreement with Reclamation to formalize a substitution plan between the City of Colorado Springs and multiple users of Blue River water for diversion from Green Mountain Reservoir in years when the reservoir is not expected to fill to capacity. Because this would also impact power production at the Green Mountain Powerplant, Springs Utilities is pursuing a formal long-term power interference agreement with Reclamation and the Western Area Power Administration.
The open house will present the proposal for both long-term agreements, explain the environmental review process, and provide the public an opportunity to submit written comments on the proposals. Written comments can also be submitted to Reclamation via regular mail or fax. Please address comments to Carlie Ronca, 11056 W. County Road 18E, Loveland, CO 80537 or fax to Ms. Ronca at (970) 663-3212.