Water is scarce in the Southwest. It is especially limited when a city is growing every year. This is the situation for Colorado Springs. In response to their uncontrolled growth, the city needs to acquire more water and they are looking directly at Pueblo Reservoir. The City of Colorado Springs owns water rights for the Arkansas River water and has invested heavily in the Pueblo Dam. The city has a right to get to their water and is proposing using a pipeline to access their water property. This pipeline, called the Southern Delivery System (SDS) is under heavy scrutiny by cities and counties who coexist with the Springs in the Arkansas River watershed.
Colorado Springs Utilities released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the SDS to the Bureau of Reclamation., which is accepting public comments until June 13, 2008.
Many Pueblo residents are wondering how the water will get back to the Arkansas, and if the answer is Fountain Creek they are especially apprehensive. The draft EIS proposes 7 different alternatives for accessing and returning water from the Arkansas River including one No Action Alternative.
Environmentalist, hunters and anglers are worried about devastation to land while constructing the pipe, habitat encroachment, and water quality of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek. To see the alternatives and give comments, go to www.sdseis.com.