The precautionary advisory to boil drinking water was issued May 30 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment as the Yampa River flowed over its banks and inundated the Tree Haus water system.
“Currently Lake Mead and Lake Powell are 42 percent full. Does that make us nervous? Yeah that makes us very nervous.” — Eric Kuhn, general manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District.
Senate Bill 23, which provided incentives for Western Slope water efficiency measures, will have to be reworked and revisited in another legislative session.
Streamflow forecasters say the total volume of flows in the Yampa in Steamboat Springs in June and July will be 118 percent of average, and maybe more if precipitation is abundant.
The timing of the host for the 2014 Yampa River Basin Tour, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, could not have been better.
Rising Yampa River mixes with domestic water raising doubts about drinkability in Steamboat suburb of Tree Haus
Tree Haus resident Greg Forney said he was told to expect that it would be about a week before the boil warning is lifted, and expressed full confidence in metro board.
Group seeking more Northwest Colorado representatives
The Wednesday meeting of the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable brought in government and industry representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties to Craig’s American Legion Post 62 to discuss, among other things, the Basin Implementation Plan for the region.
Officials say the near-term forecast for the Steamboat Springs area is free of water and fire restrictions, and most of Routt County is not experiencing any drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. In Moffat County, a majority of the county is experiencing just abnormally dry conditions.
Opponents of Senate Bill 23 have warned that transfers to the Colorado Water Conservation Board could harm upstream users.
Senate Bill 23 is on its way to the Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk thanks to some legislative maneuvering, but the bill dealing with changes to water law on the Western Slope has divided interested organizations and prompted warnings that its consequences could be much broader than intended.
The nearby White River, flowing out of the Flat Tops, is No. 7 on the list because of the amount of energy exploration taking place along it length, an American Rivers spokesman said Wednesday.
For nearly four decades, the city's water superintendent has been a key part of why residents here in Steamboat Springs always have access to some of the cleanest, clearest drinking water in the state.
“It’s important that you participate in this process right here in the basin because this is your future and your children’s future,” Jay Gallagher, Mount Werner Water and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
Steamboat Springs attorney Tom Sharp, who just completed his tenure on the Colorado River District board of directors in 2013, said Colorado’s snowpack is acutely important as the levels of Lake Powell and Lake Mead (below the Grand Canyon) are in steep decline.
The Statewide Water Supply Initiative forecasts that the gap between water supply and demand could exceed 500,000 acre feet by 2050. The capacity of Elkhead Reservoir between Hayden and and Craig is 25,550 acre feet.