|(Above) A lone buck walks below a snow covered Pueblo Dam.|
|(Above) Members of the public discuss recreation possibilities with Reclamation and CPW staff at a Jan. 22 Open House on Lake Pueblo State Park.|
Reclamation is pleased to announce Great Plains Regional Director Michael Ryan has signed the Record of Decision for the Arkansas Valley Conduit and Long Term Excess Capacity Master Contract Final Environmental Impact Statement. The selected alternative is construction of the Arkansas Valley Conduit using the Comanche North Alternative. To learn more, please visit our AVCEIS page.
In February, Reclamation and Colorado Parks & Wildlife closed the public scoping period for the revision to the Lake Pueblo State Park Resource Management Plan. Comments received from the public help Reclamation and CPW identify important management actions for both the State Park and the State Wildlife Area. That same input also helps Reclamation identify the scope of the Environmental Assessment that accompanies the RMP. It is anticipated that a draft RMP and EA will be ready by late summer or early fall.
We are preparing for spring run-off across the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Currently, we are releasing about 130 cfs from Twin Lakes reservoir. That water moves down the Arkansas River and is stored in Pueblo Reservoir. Pueblo is currently just over 50% full.
Beginning the first week of March, Reclamation will restart the Mt. Elbert Power Plant. Recreators should be aware that ice conditions are likely to become unstable and to take extra caution for winter related activities at both Twin Lakes and the Mt. Elbert Forebay.
Once the power plant is running, Reclamation will begin moving some water from Turquoise Reservoir down to Twin lakes in order to make room for spring run-off.
Current Events and Additional Information
Last Updated: February 27, 2014