We will be turning the water out of the canal on September 20th and it will take a couple of days for the canal to empty out
We will have the annual meeting for both companies as soon as we get the Audit Reports completed. The Auditor is working on them now.
Silverjack started to spill on 6.18.23
There is still a lot of snow above the Reservoir.
Fish Creek #2 Reaervoir started to spill on June 18,2023.The repair work was well worth the time and cost to place the pond liners in the seeps that were losing a lot of water. This is the first time it has spilled since I became manager in 2011. The highest it ever got to was about 13.5 feet and spilling is 15.6 feet. This adds a lot of water in storage.
The repair on the reservoir outlet was completed in August 2022, and the State inspected it September 7, 2022. We received the letter from the State that the fill restriction has been lifted. We closed the head gate and began filling it in November 2022. The project was slightly over budget. The reason it was over budget was the unknowns encountered during construction.
The reservoir is within 6 inches of spilling it should start to spill the week of 6/19/2023
The grant to form a watershed group for the Cimarron and Blue Creek area has been completed and the final report submitted.. The watershed group is now on its own and no longer associated with BPWCD. The watershed group is a 501C3 non-profit. This designation allows the contributions to the group to be tax deductible. This watershed group will work to improve the entire Cimarron and Big Blue Creek watersheds. The group is currently working with the Big Blue Ditch company to secure a grant to install a new diversion out of Blue Creek and pipe the first 2 miles of the main canal. The watershed group received a grant from the Colorado River District to do the preliminary studies and engineering required and prepare a grant for federal money from the BOR to complete the project
The FONSI (Finding of No Signifiant Impact) was signed and the project began on November 7, 2022. The contract to purchase the HDPE pipe, for the project was awarded to Secor. The Bostwick Park Water Conservancy District will be the general contractor for this projected more employees and equipment have been added to complete this project. This project consists of piping the entire length of the Shinn Park Lateral and the Waterdog lateral (40,550 feet). We are installing pipe ranging in size from 36" to 10" , installing a Caonda screen, and a water cleaner incorporated into the intake structure for this project. This project will conserve a considerable amount of water, because these two laterals have significant seepage. The first phase of this project is to complete the intake structure and pipe the first 1 mile of each lateral. The HRP. (Habitat Replacement Project) will be completed during the irrigation season. The pipe line where it is off channel of the laterals will be installed during the irrigation season. However, this will not affect any of the water deliveries. We are planning on having the project completed in the spring of 2024, before the irrigation season. This project is 100% funded by the BOR.
The piping project is on schedule. When we turn the water off September 20th we should have all the off channel pipe installed and be ready to begin Phase 2 of the project which is to complete the project during the off season and be ready to begin water in the new pipe for the 2024 season. We hope to have the Habitat Replacement Project completed also.
The projects that are within this grant are piping of the East Lateral and completing the piping of the West Laterals, replacing and extending the conduit at Slide Point, putting a conduit across Coal Hill, and starting a conduit across Wells Basin. We are hopeful that we will be able to start construction in the fall of 2024, after the irrigation season. The piping of the East Lateral and the completion of the West lateral will be the first projects on the project list.