Chatfield Reallocation Project
The Chatfield Reservoir Reallocation Project will allow for additional water storage space within in the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flood control reservoir. The project made significant progress during 2014. In May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ study was concluded and a Record of Decision was issued. In September, the Water Storage Agreement was approved. Earlier in the year, the State of Colorado approved a state mitigation plan for the project.
There is broad support for the Chatfield project. In addition to The Greenway Foundation, the project is supported by other environmental organizations, including Sierra Club, Western Resource Advocates, Conservation Colorado (formerly Colorado Environmental Coalition), Trout Unlimited and the Foundation for Colorado State Parks. Implementation planning is now underway.
With signing of the Record of Decision on May 29, 2014, and the Water Storage Agreement on October 9, 2014, the next step will be project implementation that will address environmental mitigation and recreational modification measures. The schedule for development of design documents and subsequent construction has not yet been determined. It is anticipated that the implementation projects will be completed in the next three plus years thus allowing storage of additional water in Chatfield Reservoir to commence. Chatfield State Park visitors will see no impact to the park and their visits during the summer of 2015.
- Click here to read the Chatfield Reservoir Reallocation Study (Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement).