Well-use enforcement class on July 29
The Colorado Division of Water Resources, Water Division 5, in cooperation with Colorado Mountain College is sponsoring a public education class regarding the continued need for enforcement of permitted well use and potential curtailment of wells for the “expanded use” of ground water not allowed by the terms and conditions of an exiting well permit.
The “well-use enforcement” class will be held Tuesday, July 29, at the Colorado Mountain College building, Room 206, located in Breckenridge, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Staff from Water Division 5 will present information on proper well use and be available to answer question regarding previous, present, and future well enforcement activities in the Blue River Basin. The SYN # for pre-registration is 36590.
As was the case in the late summer and fall of 2007, once again this year during the same approximate timeframe, staff from Water Division 5 will conduct field inspections of well use in Summit County. Those wells found to be in violation of the permitted terms and conditions last year will be re-inspected for compliance. Wells that are re-inspected and still found to be out of compliance may be subject to curtailment. An additional 500 wells located in subdivisions located in the Upper Blue, Ten Mile, Snake River and Lower Blue Basins will be inspected this summer and fall as well.
The “expanded” use of ground water causes injury to other water rights by reducing the amount of water available to the stream system. In order to prevent this injury, water must be added to the stream system. This protection against injury may be accomplished through a Plan for Augmentation.
Summit County Government and the Vidler Water Company have established such augmentation plans under decrees issued by the Division 5 Water Court. With the availability of these existing plans, all wells being used for purposes not allowed under the terms and conditions of an existing well permit are expected to seek coverage from either plan in order to operate legally or simply comply with the existing use limitation of the well.
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