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Steamboat Springs City Council cautious about Colorado Mountain College agreement

Members request development conditions before dissolving contract with college

Steamboat Springs resident Brock Webster walks his dog in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Elk River meeting today

City Council’s discussion Tuesday about water resources development was brief, but did include notice of a public meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to talk about the over-appropriated status of the Elk River.

Erin Light, Division 6 water engineer for the state Department of Natural Resources, said that status will be implemented for the Elk on Jan. 1. She said tonight’s meeting is intended to provide information to property owners and water users about impacts of the river’s changing status. One primary impact, she said, will be much tighter regulations for new well permits. Those who have questions but are unable to attend tonight can call Light at 970-879-0272.

Light said the Colorado Water Con­servation Board made a call on the Elk this fall, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 7, after the river’s flow rate dipped below 65 cubic feet per second. A “call” on a river can require release of water from holders of water rights that are junior to the party making the call. Light said entities including Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Marabou Ranch were affected by the call, which was triggered by the conservation board’s monitoring of the river’s flow.