According to The Aspen Times, the Colorado River Water Conservation District board of directors approved a request from the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District to partially fund the permitting costs for a dam and reservoir project in northwest Colorado. Rio Blanco initially asked for $3 million over the course of three years for permitting and design work for Wolf Creek Reservoir. However, the River District committed to $330,000 for one year of funding from its Community Funding Partnership. The proposed project, a 66,000 acre-foot off-channel reservoir between Rangely and Meeker with an estimated total cost of $142 million, would provide badly needed storage for the river basin, Rio Blanco said in its application.
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