Granby adopts source water protection plan for the Fraser River
Granby residents will soon start seeing new signage at key locations near waterways around the community after the town board approved a new source water protection plan for the Fraser River last week.
During last Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting Granby’s Water Department Superintendent Doug Bellatty sought, and received, adoption by the town of the verbosely titled document called the “Fraser River Source Water Protection Partnership Source Water Protection Plan”. According to Bellatty the source water protection plan is a nonbinding, non-regulatory guidance document that aids private landowners, businesses, municipalities and water districts in efforts to protect source water, which Bellatty referred to as “our drinking water.”
The 85 page document, which can be found by going to Granby’s town website and clicking on the Water and Sewer Departments heading under the departments dropdown menu, outlines best management practices for protecting source water and also covers a range of information from drinking water supply operations and infrastructure to an inventory of potential contaminant sources.
Bellatty informed the board the town has already been reimbursed by the state for roughly $5,000 in expenses incurred related setting up the program.
“It’s all reimbursed by the state, there’s no cost to us,” Bellatty said.
According to Bellatty the town expects to install the new signs, which state “Drinking Water Protection Area” at key locations in the North and South Service Areas of Granby as well as Moraine Park no later than August 1. Bellatty added the town may also install similar signs in the River Run Ranch development, the future Sun Communities RV park resort on Shorefox. Approximately 12 signs will be installed for the project.
“If we get people thinking they don’t want to change their oil and dump it on the ground it has done its job,” Bellatty told the board.
There are multiple groups involved in the development and implementation of the source water protection plan including Granby’s three water service areas, Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation, Grand County Water and Sanitation District 1 and Denver Water among others.
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