As the economy recovers and development continues in northeastern El Paso County, water sufficiency issues are high priority. On Aug. 8, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners approved a contract with Forsgren Associates Inc. for the development of a water master plan for the county. Mark Waller, District 2 representative on the BOCC, said the study is vital because the development boom in unincorporated areas of the county requires an investigation of the capacity of water resources available, along with a long-term plan for managing the resources.
“We have a responsibility to future generations to make sure we are being good stewards of the resources we have right now,” Waller said. “Part of that means making a plan of the resources we have so they are protected.” In areas like Falcon, Waller said several water districts service the community, and the water they use is subsurface aquifer water. “This master plan will help us figure out what is in the aquifers, who has rights to the water and how development is affecting it,” he said.
According to the Colorado Foundation for Water Education website, the Denver Basin aquifer system is a major source of water for an area of about 6,700 surface miles, including the Falcon area. “It includes four aquifers: the Dawson, Denver, Arapahoe, and Laramie-Fox Hills,” the website states. “Each aquifer has different water quality, depths and water availability.” Leon Gomes, district manager of Paint Brush Hills Metropolitan District, said his district has wells in the Denver, Arapahoe and Laramie-Fox Hills aquifers. The board of directors accepted a water use master plan for the district in 2015 to determine the legal and physical water supply. To view the full article visit the Falcon Herald.