Water storage is an important resource of the Project and for water users statewide. The critical task at hand for the Long-Term Excess Capacity Master Contract (Master Contract) is strategically planning for the future needs of municipal storage in southeastern Colorado. Excess capacity storage allows participants to store non-Fry-Ark Project water in the Pueblo Reservoir. The Master Contract historically developed from the Preferred Storage Options Plan (PSOP). The PSOP process for the District began in December of 1998 with a “Future Water and Storage Needs Assessment” by GEI Consultants, Incorporated. The Master Contract participants are comprised of an original group who has participated for a number of years. Their contribution to the project has provided the District funding for lobbying, engineering, studies, and other administrative charges.
November 2010, Reclamation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the District, to begin the National Environmental Protection Act Environmental Impact Statement (NEPA EIS) process for the Master Contract. The work covered in the NEPA EIS includes:
The NEPA EIS study is scheduled to conclude mid-year 2013. Some future considerations for participants for excess capacity storage include:
Click Here for the Final Enviormental Impact Statement
For more information: United State Bureau of Reclamation