"State of the River’ discussion scheduled | SummitDaily.com

"State of the River’ discussion scheduled

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SILVERTHORNE – The Colorado River Water Conservation District will sponsor two public “State of the River” meetings to discuss river, reservoir and water operations in Summit and Grand counties.The two headwaters counties are a source of transmountain diversion water for Front Range communities and contain a number of reservoirs whose releases affect river and stream flows there and farther downstream.The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne. Panelists will discuss water flow in the Blue River and the condition of Lake Dillon and Green Mountain reservoir operations and the Upper Colorado River, including Gore Canyon.A second program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Grand County Court chambers in Hot Sulphur Springs. Presenters will address this year’s operations of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs, and the condition of the Fraser and Upper Colorado rivers.With another dry winter complicating the picture for a state reliant upon snowmelt for its water supply, good water management will be critical for maintaining an adequate water supply for citizens, rafters, kayakers, fisherman and the agricultural community, said Colorado River District Chief Engineer David Merritt.”This summer’s going to be a big challenge for the water community,” he said. “Streams that would have run dry without reservoir releases will be able to remain wet, but this is going to come at a cost of lower reservoir levels. We don’t know when these dry conditions will end, so we’ll have to operate under the premise that we may not get enough next winter either.”When & Where- What: State of the River- When: Tuesday, May 14- Where: North Branch Library, Silverthorne- Time: 6:30 p.m.

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