The Aspen Times reports that water users in Ouray County are hoping to meet demand for water with a new 25,000 acre-foot reservoir and pipeline project. The proposed project would take water from Cow Creek and pipe it into Ridgway Reservoir, divert water from local streams via ditches, and build a new dam and reservoir on Cow Creek. However, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Water Conservation Board have filed statements of opposition. CPW expressed concerns that the project could negatively impact state wildlife areas, fisheries and parks, while CWCB is concerned with the impact on a section of Cow Creek where it holds an Instream Flow water right. The project application is currently making its way through water court, and a status report is expected in October.
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