Frisco officials plan ahead for possibility of less water |

Frisco officials plan ahead for possibility of less water


FRISCO – Frisco officials are hoping Front Range water consumption won’t hurt their plans to run a successful marina at Frisco Bay.Denver Water controls the amount of Dillon Reservoir water that goes east over the Continental Divide each day. Consequently, the agency determines how difficult it is to run the Frisco Bay Marina, which sits on the shore of one of the shallowest parts of the reservoir.”We need to figure out when we quit chasing the water,” said assistant town manager Theresa Casey. “There are some options that cost us nothing. There are some options that are going to cost us millions of dollars.”Some predictions by Denver Water warn that an average year in the next 20 could put the water’s edge about a half mile from the Frisco Bay’s existing boat ramp. Although several factors, like Douglas County water consumption, construction of new reservoirs and political negotiations, could change those predictions dramatically.Nevertheless, town officials have decided to start exploring their options in case the worst scenarios become reality.”The bottom line is, it’s a reservoir, not a lake, and (Denver Water) is going to draw it down when it needs to,” town manager Michael Penny said.Possible options include excavation at the existing marina, moving the operation to a new location or shutting down altogether.Frisco Public Works director Tim Mack said that the excavation option could require the removal of as many as 880,000 cubic yards of dirt from the bottom of the reservoir, according to his back-of-the-envelope calculations. That would be enough to fill 1,955 council chambers.Town staff will search for a topographical consultant to help officials plan for the marina’s future.- Julie Sutor

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