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Dillon Town Council member fears sand would damage Straight Creek water supply

I read with interest your article on the county commissioners’ request on ceasing the use of magnesium chloride on Interstate 70 during the winter.

I have long been a proponent of ceasing the use of mag chloride because of the residual mess it leaves on cars and the damage to the environment. At one time, I would have completely supported this effort.

As a member of the Dillon Town Council, I have a greater concern for our town and the adjoining Dillon Valley area, as Straight Creek is our sole water supply for both areas.

Currently, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has budgeted $1 million to start the cleanup of Straight Creek this year, and although this seems to be a large amount, in fact, the total projected cost for a complete cleanup is in the $16 million range.

I would suggest the county, CDOT and all towns seek solutions other than banning the use of magnesium chloride and returning to the use of salt and sand.

Dillon uses the Caliber M 1000 chemical that is considerably less toxic, but twice as expensive. CDOT uses this same chemical at both the tunnel and in the Glenwood Canyon area of I-70 with success. I would hope CDOT could find ways to use this application on I-70 throughout Summit County.

Please speak with the county commissioners and local elected officials regarding this matter, because with the drought conditions, both Dillon and Dillon Valley don’t need any further problems with our sole water source.

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