WALSENBURG- With an okay on a 5-0 vote from the Planning and Zoning committee the improvement of Highway 69 by the Colorado Department of Transportation around the Turkey Creek area moved to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.
The project calls for a realignment of the highway and will require 40,000 yards of gravel to move the project to completion.
The project, calling for removal of some water from Turkey Creek, brought CDOT into negotiations with the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District for the temporary lease of three acre feet of augmentation water at about $5,000 an acre foot.
“We had to raise the rate from last year because attorney fees to file the temporary plans were more costly then we had anticipated,” said Carol Dunn, secretary for the HCWCD.
With the state leasing augmentation water from the Huerfano County Water Conservation District the district is now finding new customers coming forward to lease augmentation.
“Right now we are looking for a more permanent and long term water supply to insure our continued operation,” Dunn explained.