Thursday, April 12, 2012

County eyes second phase of water study

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

El Paso County is moving forward with its attempt to find out more about groundwater supplies in the eastern part of the county where thousands of residents rely on groundwater from private wells or municipal governments.

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If you want to be part of that effort, show up at the Board of County Commissioners meeting next Thursday, April 26, at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. That's when the county's Groundwater Quality Study Committee will have a work session with commissioners to discuss the study, which is aimed at broadening "understanding of water quality issues that affect human health, land development potential and development of future water supplies," the county says in a press release.

The groundwater study session immediately follows the regular board meeting, which begins at 9 a.m.

From the release:

Committee members will share information on the recently-completed proposal and scope of work for Phase 2 of the Groundwater Quality Study, continuing the investigation that started in 2009 of the alluvial aquifer of the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Basin. Committee members will provide information on how the study would benefit the community and will present a multi-year funding proposal and work plan to the Board.

The Groundwater Quality Study Committee was established by the Board of County Commissioners in 2009 because of growing concerns about groundwater quality and potential land use impacts. The Committee consists of the County, special districts, the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Groundwater Management District, representatives from development and agricultural communities, nongovernmental organizations and at-large members. This diverse group, representing a broad cross section of the community, has worked collaboratively for several years to complete Phase 1 of the study, an evaluation of existing groundwater quality data (available HERE), and to prepare a scope of work and funding package for Phase 2. Phase 2 would be led by the U. S. Geological Survey in coordination with the Committee and will take several years to complete. Water quality sampling, testing and analysis are proposed.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information on the April 26 work session, contact Community Services Department Planning Manager Elaine Kleckner at 520-6999 or email elainekleckner@elpasoco.com.

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