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On August 10th, 2020 the Grizzly Creek fire ignited on the steep slopes near i-70 and the Colorado River. The fire, which ultimately burned 32,631 was the largest Glenwood Springs wildfire in the areas history. Given the fire's close proximity to the City's primary raw water sources, No Name and Grizzly Creek, the City of Glenwood Springs acted immediately to respond to the emergency and prepare for potential water quality impacts.
On this tour, we'll learn from Glenwood Water Department staff about the critical steps they took to protect their watershed and water quality in order to be able to continue to supply safe, clean water to their residents immediately following the fire and into the future. These actions have included a new pipeline to create a redundant system at the Roaring Fork pump station, a mixing vault outside the City's water plant to support water quality and provide additional system redundancy, upgrades to the water plant that allow for advanced water quality treatment given continued impacts from the burn scar area, and upgrades to No Name Creek's diversion structures to protect the raw water delivery system, reduce sediment load, and improve plant performance. Depending on weather and snowpack, this tour will visit the No Name Intake System or the City's Water Plant and Roaring Fork Intake.
Note: Please wear comfortable footwear. Lunch will be provided.
This tour will also lead right into the Best Practices Guidebook update stakeholder meeting. We would love to see you at both events.
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