Omaha District Commander Col. Joel R. Cross, signed the Water Storage Agreement for the Chatfield Water Reallocation Project in Lakewood, Colo., today. The agreement will be between the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Water Conservation Board and Department of the Army. Upon execution, storage from the flood control purpose will be reallocated to joint flood control-conservation purposes in the Chatfield Reservoir under the authority of - Section 808 (Water Resources Development Act of 1986); River and Harbor Act of 1958.
The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, approved the water reallocation agreement for the Chatfield Water Reallocation Project in Lakewood, Colorado, in a memo sent to the Omaha District on September 30. Signature authority for the agreement was delegated to Omaha District Commander Col.Joel R. Cross.
Heavy rains recently caused pool rises at Holmes Lake (Salt Creek Dam #17). The reservoir is not currently expected to reach its record pool elevation of 1250.0 feet, which occurred on July 24, 1993. Pool elevation forecasts could change depending on future rainfall. The flood control pool begins at 1242.4 feet at which point the reservoir begins making releases over a weir. Current releases are around 80 cubic feet per second. The pool elevation is slowly dropping and will continue to fall as inflows recede and releases over the weir continue.