Wildlife commission reviews reservoir projects

DENVER — Colorado wildlife commissioners are reviewing plans to protect wildlife from impacts of two reservoir projects in Boulder County that would store Colorado River water.

They expect to issue a recommendation on the plans in June. It’s just one of the steps before the state submits a position to federal officials, who will decide on permits for the projects proposed by Denver Water and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

Denver Water has proposed enlarging Gross Reservoir to store about 114,000 acre-feet of water as part of its Moffat Collection System Project. Meanwhile, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District’s Windy Gap Firming Project would build a 90,000 acre-foot reservoir southwest of Loveland.

Biologists have said the projects could raise stream temperatures, affecting fish.



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