Multiple powers of Shoshone: Xcel plant also big influence on Colorado River flow

Photo by DENNIS WEBB—Shoshone Generating Station foreman Gary Verdieck has worked at the hydroelectric power plant for 30 years, and his father, Adolph, and two uncles also worked there. The meters that Verdieck shows in the display case are no longer used in the operation of the plant, which is owned by Xcel. But the water right for the facility, granted in 1905, continues to figure prominently in the flow of the Colorado River, preventing diversions upstream.



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Photo by DENNIS WEBB—Shoshone Generating Station foreman Gary Verdieck has worked at the hydroelectric power plant for 30 years, and his father, Adolph, and two uncles also worked there. The meters that Verdieck shows in the display case are no longer used in the operation of the plant, which is owned by Xcel. But the water right for the facility, granted in 1905, continues to figure prominently in the flow of the Colorado River, preventing diversions upstream.

With its twin turbines out of commission as protection against debris in the high water in the Colorado River, the 102-year-old Shoshone Generating Station in Glenwood Canyon looked like a…




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