August 9th forum to examine Summit County's at risk water supply
 
Dillon, Colorado, August 3, 2007----What must we do to protect Summit County’s forested watersheds to insure an adequate supply of clean water in the long term?

Our Future Summit and the Blue River Watershed Group together will host a public forum starting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 9th in the Summit County Community & Senior Center near Frisco to seek guidance from a panel of experts who understand the critical connection between our forest and water resources.

 Scheduled to participate in a forum entitled “Got Water? Protecting Summit County’s Forested Watersheds” are:  

  • Lane Wyatt, a water quality/quantity expert with the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments;
  • Marc Waage, manager of raw water supply with Denver Water, which owns and operates Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoirs;
  • Brad Piehl, a local landscape forester who contributed to ecosystem planning after the Hayman fire of 2002; 
  • Scott Hummer, the state water commissioner for the Blue River Basin; and
  • Jim Pokrandt, a representative from the Colorado River Water Conservation District. 

The discussion, which will allow ample time for audience participation, will cover the important function a healthy forest plays in improving water quality, providing water storage and regulating flow as well as protecting against the negative impacts of forest fire and insect infestations.

Other watershed-related aspects to be discussed include the impacts of increased water demand, revised water quality standards, the changing status of the Colorado River, new reservoirs, proposed pump back systems and acid mine drainage.

Patti McGuire, Summit County’s fire mitigation officer as well as county commissioners Bob French and Thomas Davidson will also be on hand lend their perspectives to the subject.

Christina Plemmons, executive director for the Blue River Watershed Group and Our Future Summit president Howard Hallman will serve as co-moderators.

The session is free and open to the public. Doors at the community center will open at 6:30 pm, when beverages and light snacks will be served.

For additional information about the forum, please contact Christina at 970-485-3145 or Howard at 970-468-9134.

 

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Comments and questions can be directed to:

 Howard Hallman, PO Box 209, Frisco, CO 80443

970-468-9134 or hhallman@ourfuturesummit.org