In an ongoing effort to capture and move water for fast-growing communities in northeast Colorado, plans are in the works for the construction of several massive reservoirs that will be outside of Denver.
The move is also seen as an attempt by the State of Colorado to find other sources of water than what is available in the state’s farmland, a practice that many conservationists worry is eventually going to deplete the amount of water needed for agricultural purposes.
As currently envisioned, the new reservoirs could capture some 150,000 acre-feet-of-water from the South Platte River before pushing it to communities in Colorado’s Front Range.
The Front Range region encompasses some of the fastest-growing cities in the state, including Boulder, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Fort Collins.
Because the project is in a preliminary talking stage, it is not yet known exactly how much it would cost to build the new reservoirs, nor have routes for the pipeline been identified.
By Garry Boulard