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All About Water Lani Kitching, Interim General Manager

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All About Water
Lani Kitching, Interim General Manager

The Grand Avenue bridge will close at 12:01 a.m. next Monday, August 14th. That begins the approximate three-week deconstruction schedule and removal process.

Traffic Impacts

  • Beginning as early as 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction, continuing until the closure.
  • On Monday, Aug. 14, the Grand Avenue bridge will be closed. Motorists should use the Midland Avenue detour for access to Interstate 70 and downtown Glenwood Springs.
  • Eastbound I-70 traffic west of Exit 114 will exit at Exit 116, detour to Sixth Street and return to I-70 via a break-in-barrier.
  • Westbound I-70 traffic will detour via a break-in barrier on east Sixth Street to Exit 116 and continue I-70 or exit at Exit 114 for access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley
  • From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 20, I-70 night detours to Sixth Street will be in place.
  • Eastbound I-70 traffic in Glenwood or Roaring Fork Valley will navigate the detour, enter eastbound I-70 at Exit 114, get off the interstate at Exit 116, detour to Sixth Street and return to I-70 via a break-in-barrier.

River Closures

No Name, Grizzly Creek and Shoshone put-ins along the Colorado River will be closed to private trips beginning Monday, Aug. 14, for approximately 10 days.

For a detailed detour map, click HERE.

River Network visits our section of the Crystal River For a Stream Management Planning Technical Workshop

The Colorado Water Plan calls for stream management plans to be completed for the majority of the state’s rivers and streams. As a key partner in one of the first Stream Management Plans, the Roaring Fork Conservancy continues its leadership role by sharing the challenges and successes learned in the Crystal River stream management planning process that has been underway for the last two years.

The latest activity occurred this past Friday on August 4th, when two national organizations, The Nature Conservancy and River Network, hosted a technical meeting that brought 25 water professionals from around the state to RVR’s local watershed along Riverfront Park to synthesize support for the ongoing Crystal River stream management planning efforts. Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Watershed Action Director, Heather Lewin, presented updated projects from the Crystal River Stream Management Plan during the workshop's Field Study attended by representatives of RVR and the Town of Carbondale.

Streamflows across the Roaring Fork Valley

With the help of the dusting of snow that graced Mt. Sopris over the weekend the Roaring Fork Watershed is currently at or above average as we roll into the Dog Days of August. With the major reservoirs in our area (Ruedi, Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake) currently above 90% of capacity, and streamflows above average, we are in a decent situation due primarily to the deep, wet snowpack we received last winter that boosted natural water storage. Despite that being the case we’re still in for some very warm days which makes it important to continue our conservation efforts. Some of our owners have already noticed a natural flow reduction through our property’s ditches and ponds and our irrigation staff is recalibrating those uses accordingly.

With that we ask that you please keep all irrigation inside your private lot lines. We’ve noticed a marked increase in homeowners watering Golf Course property outside of their personal boundaries. Although extending the landscaped appearance of your yard might be appealing, Golf Course management does not condone the practice. Creating unwanted greenery creates unwanted rodent habitat, encourages thistle proliferation and invites local deer to remain on premises. Excess irrigation also impacts the water distribution cost to all households within the Common Interest Community’s billing zone as irrigation usage is calculated equally among all residents of your neighborhood.

Nettle Creek  

This past Sunday evening on August 6th, our Public Utilities Department experienced an upset condition at the Nettle Creek Plant in which a filter media that was siphoned into South Nettle Creek was lost. The Town of Carbondale has crews working on the cleanup. To the left is a photo of what the media looks like in the event you’re wading in the Crystal River and happen upon these small white pellets as seen beside the dime in the photo.This is an innocuous media that’s not harmful to the environment nor toxic to humans.

If you have any questions please forward them to me at InterimGM@rvrcommunity.com and I’ll be happy to forward to our Town Utility Director. 

Final Day of Irrigation

RVR’s 2017 outdoor irrigation season will conclude on Sunday, October 8th.

At that time the pumps are scheduled to be shut down in order to prepare for water line winterization. As many of you know, our first real snowfall generally occurs around Halloween so our crew will need to prepare accordingly. Please mark your calendars so you can plan to water any remaining plants by hand or from your hose bib

SOPRIS BARRACUDAS SWIM TEAM

During the 95 day Grand Avenue Bridge closure and in the spirit of neighborly helpfulness, we have arranged for the Sopris Barracudas Swim Team to hold two 1 hour practices per week in one lane of our community Lap Pool starting September 21st from 6:30 -7:30PM. Please welcome them and cheer them on as they continue to train to compete!

Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others brown beneath the August sun.

Kent Nerburn

Carbondale’s Rodeo featured in the August 4th Washington Post

It’s the end of July in a place known as “The Ultimate Rocky Mountain Hideout,” the tiny town of Carbondale, Colo., tucked beneath the soaring mountains just north of Aspen. Winter sports and the cold snows are absent. Summer around here is considered “Cowboy Christmas,” when the landscape is dotted with homegrown rodeos that have cowboys and crowds wandering from one small town to another.

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, a weekly event, has people like Erica Andrade and Oscar Soto embracing each other as they gather with friends and family to tailgate, many in the crowd decked out in large white cowboy hats, blue jeans and boots. Mark Drummond works on his roping skills against a steel-gray sky. Eleven-year-old Clayton Rossi looks like a miniature version of him.

These are not like the rodeos you watch on television; these are family affairs. In Snowmass Village, a horde of children chases calves around the arena, hoping to snatch one of the ribbons tied to their tails. Evan Koster tends to his horse as his wife, Maggee, holds their 1-year-old daughter, Raelyn, who is staring up — eyes wide — at the magnificent horses.

For more photos click HERE.

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