So You Want to Expand Your Reservoir…, February 2011
DARCA is planning to hold this important workshop at a later date. We will let you know when and where.
Unfortunately, transaction costs (permits, required studies..) in today’s regulatory climate make it too costly and therefore infeasible for limited resource ditch companies to expand, let alone build new reservoirs. Other barriers may take the form of environmental requirements such as wetland and endangered species issues. Unintended consequence may result; e.g. limited resource ditch companies may be forced to convert historic agricultural water to municipal or industrial.
Some seemingly, simple improvements to existing reservoirs on the Grand Mesa have stalled as they have become bogged down in the regulatory process. The workshop will include presentations from ditch companies and other water providers, consultants, and government officials with emphasis on reservoirs on the Grand Mesa. Topics will include the biology and science of fens, a recently released white paper on draft regional permit, and the issues involved in the federal permitting process.