Salt Lake City, Utah
Released On: April 13, 2004
Removal of the cofferdam was originally planned to be completed prior to the start of the 2004 spring runoff season. However, installation of the original cofferdam was thwarted with a winter storm, which occurred during initial installation, and streambed characteristics that prevented the cofferdam from being sufficiently water tight. Consequently, an alternative cofferdam was designed and successfully installed. The delay in installing the cofferdam infringed on the scheduled construction work for the intake structure, and necessitated leaving the cofferdam in place.
Reclamation believes this structure is safe to rafters, kayakers, and other river user interests that have been identified. In addition, Reclamation met with members of the Animas River Taskforce (Taskforce) to receive their input on safety issues associated with leaving the cofferdam in place and river recreation usage. Suggestions to improve safety offered by Taskforce members are currently being implemented.
The Animas-La Plata Project achieves the purposes of the 1988 Colorado Ute Indian Water Rights Settlement Act and the Colorado Ute Settlement Act Amendment of 2000. The project will provide the Southern Ute Indian and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes with a reliable water supply for their future needs, without taking scarce water resources away from existing water users in southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico. Reclamation will provide current information on construction activities at www.uc.usbr.gov, then click on the Animas-La Plata Project icon. In addition individuals can call Reclamation's info-line at 866-720-0918 to listen to recorded updates about impending construction activities and receive information on whom to call with specific concerns.
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