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Woodmoor Water & Sanitation District

Future Stonewall Springs reservoir represents next step in Woodmoor's renewable water system

May 8, 2010

The Board of Directors of the Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District No. 1 on May 6, 2010, approved contracts for an additional water right along the Lower Arkansas River and a portion of the Stonewall Springs Storage site near Pueblo.

The district's board approved one contract for 6.6 shares of Rocky Ford Highline, representing approximately 100 acre feet of water in an average year. This will be added to the 40 shares of Rocky Ford Highline that were put under contract by the board on April 8.

Additionally, Woodmoor contracted for a portion of the Stonewall Springs Storage site. Woodmoor is purchasing just over 300 acres downstream of Pueblo along the Arkansas River. Once constructed, this reservoir will allow the district to release stored water rights into the Arkansas River in exchange for diversions out of Pueblo Reservoir or off Fountain Creek near the City of Fountain. The Stonewall Springs site also includes 771 shares of Excelsior Ditch water rights (about 326 acre feet in an average year) to augment other water sources.

Woodmoor continues to fill in the pieces of its Renewable Water Plan to move the district away from dependence on Denver Basin aquifer water. On Dec. 30, 2009, Woodmoor filed in Water Court an application for approval of a plan to move water upstream from the lower Arkansas River to the district service area via exchange through a system of storage facilities.

This plan will eventually replace the district's current reliance on Denver Basin aquifers for most of its water. These aquifers for decades have provided plenty of water, but now far too many communities along the Front Range are draining this resource.