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Waterton Canyon to close Monday, August 2
7/30/2010
Credit:
Denver Water Board Press Release
For years Denver Water has opened its Waterton Canyon property to public recreation.
Over the next 18 months, however, the utility needs to close the area to
recreational use so the canyon road can be used for its main function - to serve as
a vital access road to Strontia Springs Reservoir.

Denver Water will be dredging the reservoir to remove at least 625,000 cubic yards
of sediment that has built up following forest fires and intense rains, and the
canyon road essentially will be a six-mile-long construction site during this
project. The dredging is necessary to maintain water quality and avoid operational
challenges that could impact Denver Water's service to its 1.3 million customers in
the Denver metro area. At the completion of the project, Denver Water will reopen
the canyon and once again invite the public to enjoy this popular recreational
amenity.

"On high-use days, there are more than 2,000 visitors to Waterton Canyon, ranging in
age from small children to older adults," said Neil Sperandeo, manager of recreation
for Denver Water. "This large-scale project will require heavy machinery and
equipment in the canyon. We considered other alternatives to the dredging project,
as well as ways to keep the canyon open during construction, but in the end, we
determined it is in the best interest of public safety to close the road."


Waterton Canyon will be closed as follows:

- Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 until Friday, Dec. 3, 2010

- Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 until Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011


Neither the parking lot at the canyon's entrance nor the canyon will be accessible
during the closure. Access to The Colorado Trail (CT) from Waterton Canyon also will
be closed during these times. The next closest access to CT Segment 1 is via the
Indian Creek Trailhead on Colorado 67, 10.5 miles west of Sedalia (see
www.ColoradoTrail.org).


The project will cost more than $30 million. This amount will increase if additional
material is removed.

For questions related to recreation, e-mail watertoncanyon@denverwater.org. More
information about the project and links to nearby recreation areas can be found at
www.denverwater.org/waterton.