Grand County pays for pumping to augment Colorado River flows
August 30, 2009
For the second consecutive year, Grand County is overseeing a water release into the Colorado River.
The county plans to have 3,122 acre-feet of water released from Lake Granby from Sept. 1 to October 30 to aid in the health of the Colorado River at a critical stretch from Windy Gap to Kremmling.
In the 2009 budget, Grand County set aside $72,000 for late-season pumping in an agreement with the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.
Starting Sept. 1 to Sept. 15, the county seeks to augment the river by 45 cfs in addition to 20 cfs being released in accordance with provisions set forth by Senate Document 80, which put into motion the Colorado Big Thompson project.
Grand County-paid pumping would supply another 30 cfs from Sept. 16 through Sept. 30, another 20 cfs Oct. 1-15 and additional 10 cfs Oct. 16-30.
That would leave 321 acre-feet of water carried over for release in 2010, according to county officials.