Five local governments have come to an agreement that may result in the construction of two new reservoirs on the southern slopes of the Grand Mesa. This would create 2 new bodies of water for storage and recreation.
They are putting money into a study that could eventually cost $60 million. For more than four decades user groups in Delta County have been unable to come to an agreement on new water storage projects on the Grand Mesa around Cedaredge.
Wednesday morning, five groups including Delta County, Orchard City, Cedaredge, and two water districts signed memorandums of understanding forming the Grand Mesa Water Task Group. The group is spending more than $40,000 to fund a feasibility study on the project.
If built, at least two dams built between Cedaredge and Redlands Mesa would capture water from small creeks and tributaries. Canals would link the lakes together.
The dams, connecting canals and a hydro-plant would cost $60 million build, making it the biggest project works project in Delta County. The Grand Mesa Water Task Group says the project will use water already allocated to local water districts and will not impact any existing water rights.
The feasibility study should be completed by the end of the year.
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