National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process Starts to Develop Permanent Fix for Clarity Issues In Grand Lake
Grand Lake with 3.6 meters Clarity). Shadow Mountain Reservoir flowing into Grand Lake.
Grand Lake with 6 meters of Clarity. Shadow Mountain Reservoir not flowing into Grand Lake.
Colorado Water Quality Control Commission (CWQCC) Continues to Support Clarity Standard for Grand Lake. This is the first Clarity Standard in Colorado.
This Regulation NO. 33.56 can be found on page 120 of Regulation NO.33 at https://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/GenerateRulePdf.doruleVersionId=7621&fileName=5%20CCR%201002-33
This was a truly a huge win for Grand Lake and was a team effort led by Members of the Three Lakes Watershed Association, Town of Grand Lake, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand County, Northern Water, Colorado River District, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and Midwest Electric Consumers. The standard will be in place for 5 years and will allow the Bureau of Reclamation to develop a long-term solution to a problem that has existed since the construction of the Colorado Big Thompson Project in the late 1940’s.
The TLWSA purchases the Fire Boat for the Grand Lake Fire DepartmentThe TLWSA purchased the with the Grand Lake Fire Department a Fire Boat to fight fires from the lake using lake water pumped from a commercial pump on the boat. Many areas around Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir do not have access to fire hydrants and the roads are not always passable. The Fire Boat is a major piece of equipment for providing the fire safety for hundreds of structures located on and around the lakes. The TLWSA also pays for all maintenance and any repairs the Fire Boat may need. TLWSA raised the money to purchase a new fire boat for the Grand Lake Fire Department ($200,000+) and still maintain a fund to support the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the fire boat.
The TLWSA partners with Grand County for Algae Monitoring in the SMR/Grand Lake Connecting Channel
The TLWSA provides funding for dock space for Northern Waters Testing Boat
The TLWSA was instrumental in the creation of the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District
The TLWSA proposed the first Water Clarity Standard in Colorado for a Natural Lake
The TLWSA in partnership with Grand County, the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and the Colorado River District developed a proposal which was submitted to the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission (CWQCC) in June 2008. We were the only non-government organization testifying. Based on our information and with support from many other groups the CWQCC established the first ever Water Clarity standard in Colorado for Grand Lake.