August 6, 2008

State Delays Ruling on Glade Reservoir

By Jerd Smith

Colorado will delay for several months any ruling on whether the proposed Glade Reservoir in northern Colorado would harm water quality in the Cache la Poudre River. The state's water-quality ruling is one of several approvals the project will need before it can be built. The reservoir, proposed by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, would supply water to more than a dozen fast- growing towns in northern Colorado. But it has drawn fire from environmentalists and some citizens who worry that it will put too much strain on the river.Steve Gunderson, director of Colorado's water-quality control division, said there wasn't enough information in the initial application to determine the project's impact on water quality."Obviously there are a lot of parties that are very interested in it," he said. "We wanted to make it clear that this thing is done right."

Originally published by Jerd Smith, Rocky Mountain News.

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