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Old 11-10-2009, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13751119

It has some impressive stats: 180 feet deep by 1,400 acres across

If they ever fill it what types of fish would they stock? Does anyone know, geographically speaking on a map, where exactly this new reservoir is being constructed at? If you know please post a link or a map.

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Old 11-10-2009, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can view the dam being constructed East of Happy Canyon and I 25 from the Interstate.
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Doubt it will matter what type of fish they put in it if the water tables are dropping that much. Won't be many people to fish it. That much decline is not good for the future of the front range communities.
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Link to it on google maps...

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...=UTF8&t=h&z=13

Fishing is not a priority, as for what species? No clue. Sounds like there won't be any water in there in any of our lifetimes.
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's gonna feel like Louisiana in about 10 years with all the people that are going to be moving north....and nobody even sees it coming apparently. Look at how much the giant aquifer has dropped:

http://pubs.usgs.gov/ha/ha730/ch_c/C-text5.html

"Predevelopment to 1980 water-level declines exceeded 25 feet in parts of Colorado and 100 feet in parts of New Mexico (fig. 74). Water-level changes were between 10 feet of rise and 10 feet of decline over about 78 percent of the aquifer in Colorado and about 62 percent of the aquifer in New Mexico."

That is STAGGERING considering how big this aquifer actually is.

"Because water-level declines in the High Plains aquifer have been large, they have substantially decreased the saturated thickness of the aquifer in some areas. As water levels decline, costs to obtain water increase as the result of the need for deeper wells, larger pumps, and larger energy expenditure to lift the water to the surface. As saturated thickness decreases, well yield also decreases, and additional wells can be required to maintain a constant rate of withdrawal. Although several factors are involved, a well capable of producing 250 gallons per minute can irrigate about 40 acres; a well capable of producing 750 gallons per minute can irrigate about 160 acres and effectively operate a center-pivot irrigation system on a quarter section of land. Potential well yields of more than 750 gallons per minute may be obtainable in parts of eastern Colorado and eastern New Mexico (fig. 79). As the cost of water increases, irrigated agriculture becomes less economical, and the future of this important agricultural area could become uncertain."
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Sweet!!!
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or they will come up to the north side of the state and shut down more and more wells and then take more water rights from the farmers here in Weld county.
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Originally Posted by Ride of the mackinaw valkyries
they should put lake trout in there.

keep dreaming brother!
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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They should tell people to quit pissing water away!

These projects just keep getting more and more insane. Piping water across southern Wyo from the green to Suburb denver Taking even more water from the western slope where Nevada, Arizona, and California are already trying to milk every drop

I am starting to actually favor all of the min flow requirements for the ESA, it is going to end up the only water left actually flowing downhill.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Well good thing is I live below the dam and I guess I don't need to worry about the dam breaking and getting flooded any time soon. Heck most of us will be dead by the time they fill the lake and put fish in it.
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