Public forum on Moffat water-diversion project Tuesday at Summit senior center |

Public forum on Moffat water-diversion project Tuesday at Summit senior center

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SUMMIT COUNTY – The Blue River Watershed Group will host a community forum Tuesday on a proposal to divert more water from Summit and Grand counties to the Front Range.

The forum will take place at 6 p.m. in the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

The Moffat Collection System Project is a proposal by Denver Water to produce 18,000 new acre-feet of water supply by expanding Gross Reservoir, near Boulder. The additional water would be diverted from the Fraser River and Williams Fork River basins in Grand County, as well as from South Boulder Creek basin. The Blue River basin in Summit County would also be affected, but to a much lesser extent.

The Summit County Board of Commissioners has, however, expressed concern over the project’s potential impacts to rafting activity on the Blue River as well as impacts to the river ecosystem.

Denver Water says the diversions would occur only during run-off months in average and wet years. The agency already owns senior rights to the water.

Tuesday’s public forum will include presentations by experts and affected parties from Denver Water, Kodi Rafting, the Town of Dillon, the Town of Silverthorne, Grand County Board of Commissioners, Summit County Board of Commissioners, the Colorado River Water Conservation District and Trout Unlimited.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft environmental impact statement on the Moffat Project on Oct. 30, 2009. The Corps is accepting public comments on its analyses until March 17.

Denver Water has projected it will begin to experience a shortfall in its water supply in 2016. The agency, which supplies water to 1.3 million people in the Denver-metro area, has estimated that the shortfall will grow to 34,000 acre-feet per year by 2030. One acre-foot of water supplies 2.5 homes for one year, on average.

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