One of Grand Junction's water sources will be drained this summer for work on an outlet pipe that will require the emergency salvage of fish from a reservoir. The city will drain Purdy Mesa Reservoir near Kannah Creek for repairs in September
so crews can reline an overflow pipe at the lake.
The large pipe is beginning to rust through, meaning the dam could be undermined and eventually collapse. Instead of replacing the pipie, which could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, workers will place a fiberglass sock inside the pipe to line it.
Water will be drained from the lake, meaning valuable warm–water fish will die, so the Colorado Division of Wildlife has eased some of the fishing regulations.
Water supplies to Grand Junction will not be affected by the draining. Some fishing regulations will be lifted this summer before it is drained. Anglers should be aware that nearby Juniata Reservoir is not affected by the work, so usual fishing regulations remain in effect there.
Visitors are also reminded that swimming and boating are not allowed in either reservoir, and that trash should be taken home, instead of left on shore.
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