Windy Gap remains a controversial topic — The Denver Post

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Windy Gap a controversial

Updated: 08/04/2012 PM MDT

say things heating up Windy Gap isn’t just figure of But the pond pausing flow of upper Colorado remains a topic as County commissioners up a permit application the proposed Gap Firming that would the upper of the namesake river.

days of hearings opening on the to expand Northern Water District’s transmountain built around 445-acre-foot reservoir Granby drew crowd to Sulphur Springs week. As become the in the process, much was placed the negative impacts Windy Reservoir already had on upper Colorado and potential to fix problem.

The stretch river directly Windy Gap is considered least healthy of the Colorado because impacts of dam used capture river pumped across Continental Divide the Colorado-Big Project. State show a decline in health since construction of Gap, attributing water temperatures, and sediment the reservoir.

The proposal Grand County seeks to another 15 to 20 of river on top about 60 of native already being from the Colorado.

Under plans, expanding Gap would a bad worse because would increase of low and significantly runoff, which critical to the river excess silt sediment contributed Windy Gap said Mely counsel for Unlimited’s Colorado Project. Grand must press to build bypass.

In to the Whiting and advocate increased flows and flushing flows cleanse the bottom, among measures.

Northern Water pledged $250,000 research the If it found beneficial, would put additional $2 toward construction with $1 pledged by Water. The process would and construction Chimney Hollow near Fort would begin a condition the agreement put the toward a

Still time soak up Colorado Parks Wildlife is Colorado Day Monday by free entrance all 42 parks. Camping will remain effect.

Scattered throughout the parks diverse landscapes the prairies the Eastern at North State Park the mountains State Forest Park near and the at the Headwaters Recreation near Salida James M. River State near Grand While the has forced state reservoirs close to lakeside fun still be at reservoirs as Trinidad State Park, Lake State near Steamboat Lathrop State near Walsenburg Navajo State near Durango, others.

The fishing North Sterling the best the park offered in years, said Piper, manager North Sterling Park. With fishing and levels high to boat, is a time to out and the reservoir the summer over.

Fire scheduled. Lory Park in and local Lory Does host an cream social from 6:30-8:30 to help money for that suffered in the Park fire. park fees waived, a $3 minimum will be to the Rebuilding Network the High Fire Rebuilding The fundraiser be at State Park’s Canyon Picnic with ice provided by Jerry’s and Stone Creamery Fort Collins. information about State Park available at .

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