State water officials for the Arkansas River Basin raised eyebrows in 2021 when they began applying state water law to ponds. The effects of the new pond-management plan have now rippled into the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District.
Articles by Joe Stone
The Chaffee County Planning Commission directed Planning and Zoning staff to request a meeting with the Board of County Commissioners to address county road issues during its Dec. 7 meeting in Salida.
The Chaffee County Planning Commission continued the Aspire Tours land-use hearing until Jan. 25, 2022, following a tedious evening of deliberations and discussion to arrive at findings of fact for the Aspire application.
The Chaffee County Planning Commission heard testimony Tuesday during the continued land-use hearing for the Aspire Tours outfitting, camping and agritourism business proposed for 44 acres along the east bank of the Arkansas River northwest of Salida.
Last-minute revisions to the Aspire Tours land-use application propose to illegally use water from an exempt domestic well for commercial purposes.
Chaffee County Planning Commission will continue the public hearing for the Aspire Tours proposed land-use changes more than a year after the hearing began.
Monarch Pass Project salvages beetle-kill trees on steep slopes to reduce wildfire risk, protect water resources.
Divers contracted by the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District recently completed repairs on the water-release infrastructure at North Fork Reservoir during 3½ days of diving in the frigid mountain reservoir.
A scuba-diving crew is finalizing plans to spend two to four days diving in North Fork Reservoir to replace a damaged slide gate that controls the reservoir’s water releases.
Chaffee County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit conditions after another round of deliberations Tuesday, ending a months-long process delayed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
An updated draft of the proposed BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit includes $30,000 for “development and implementation” of a comprehensive county sustainability plan. Once fully approved, the permit would allow BlueTriton to continue using Ruby Mountain Springs groundwater for its Arrowhead bottled water operations.
A 1-acre education and research garden is beginning to take shape at Lake Ranch, about 5 miles northwest of downtown Salida.