Campgrounds ask for water; Frisco denies request again
FRISCO – Now is not the time to ask for water.
Forest Service officials Penny Wu, Rich Doak and Howard Scott met with the Frisco Town Council Tuesday in the hopes the town would agree to allow the Forest Service campgrounds to connect with the town’s water. They were appealing the council’s decision in February denying their request.
There are three Forest Service campgrounds close to Frisco – Heaton Bay (off of Dillon Dam Road) and Peak One and Pine Cove on the peninsula.
Heaton Bay Campground already is connected to the town’s water system, and has been for about 20 years. The Forest Service is upgrading the campground, however, and would like to increase its water rights there to supply showers.
The Peak One and Pine Cove campgrounds are served by a well – which ran dry late last summer.
Though Doak assured council members that the Heaton Bay showers would be coin operated to conserve water and that the projected water usage for the campgrounds at build-out would be about one-quarter of 1 percent of Frisco’s annual water consumption, it was with little effect.
When the town council considered the Forest Service request in February, council members said they couldn’t afford to extend their water system outside city limits during a drought while they restrict water use for town residents. Their stance didn’t seem to change much Tuesday.
“Water is a finite resource,” Councilmember Jon Zdechlik said. “It’s not renewable – we’re finding that out.”
Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli pointed out the paradox of the council’s discussion with the Forest Service when the next item on its agenda was water conservation measures.
Frisco officials made it clear there is room for further discussion with the Forest Service once they receive more detailed information on projected water use, though it didn’t seem likely they would change their position while the drought persists.
Should Frisco agree to a connection in the future, however, the town likely would require the Forest Service to meet its regulations and code, said Frisco Public Works Director Tim Mack.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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