According to North Forty News, Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich has ruled in favor of the Windy Gap Firming Project, clearing the way for construction of Chimney Hollow Reservoir near Berthoud. Judge Tymkovich dismissed a lawsuit from 2017 filed by environmental groups led by Save the Colorado against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers.
The reservoir will store 90,000 acre-feet of water from the Windy Gap Project to be used by Broomfield, Platte River Power Authority, Longmont, Loveland, Greeley, Erie, Little Thompson Water District, Superior, Louisville, Fort Lupton, Lafayette, and the Central Weld County Water District to help make their water supply more reliable. The project will proceed with environmental mitigations negotiated with Colorado River stakeholders in place, including the Colorado River Connectivity Channel. The channel will reconnect the river around Windy Gap Reservoir near Granby, restoring the ability for fish, macroinvertebrates, nutrients, and sediment in the river to bypass the reservoir.
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