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to total at least $60 million.
That estimate is now low as a result of inflation
and rising construction costs. Funding for all of
the repairs is not currently secured, and risk
analysis will determine which order the projects
will be funded in future fiscal allocations. CPW
continues to face funding challenges, making
it difficult to allocate money toward the critical
¡°We need to be able to prioritize where we allo-
cate our resources,¡± said Clark. ¡°It¡¯s very expen-
sive to maintain the dams for public safety as
well as enhance our recreation opportunities. We
needed a way to analyze what condition the dams
were in and how we were going to work through
this extensive list of repairs.¡±
Nature & Wildlife
2017 October/November
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* October 8 - Draconids Meteor Shower.
Minor meteor shower produces only about 10
meteors/hour, unusual shower in that the best
viewing is in the early evening instead of early
morning like most other showers, runs annually
from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the
the night of the 8th. Unfortunately, the nearly
full moon will block all but the brightest meteors
this year. If you are extremely patient, you may
be able to catch a few good ones.
* October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower.
Average shower produces up to 20 meteors/
hour at its peak, runs annually from October 2
to November 7 and peaks this year on the night
of October 21 and the morning of October 22.
The crescent moon will set early in the evening
leaving dark skies for what should be a good
* November 3 - Full Moon. This full moon was
known by early Native American tribes as the
Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of
year to set the beaver traps before the swamps
and rivers froze. It has also been known as the
Frosty Moon and the Hunter¡¯s Moon.
* November 4, 5 - Taurids Meteor Shower.
Long-running minor meteor shower produces
only about 5-10 meteors/hour, runs annually
from September 7 to December 10 and peaks
this year on the the night of November 4. Unfor-
tunately the glare from the full moon will block
out all but the brightest meteors. If you are
extremely patient, you may still be able to catch
a few good ones.
* November 13 - A spectacular conjunction of
Venus and Jupiter. Look for this impressive
pairing in the Eastern sky just before sunrise.
* November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower.
Average shower produces up to 15 meteors/
hour at its peak, runs annually from November
6-30 and peaks this year on the night of the
17th and morning of the 18th. Skies should be
dark enough for what should be good show.
Best viewing will be from a dark location after
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are over 100 years old. Many of the
dams CPW owns were constructed
between 1950 and the mid 1970¡¯s.
Out of 82 jurisdictional dams, 20 of
them are classified as High Hazard
by the State, and 14 are classified
as Significant Hazard.
Public safety remains the top prior-
ity with all CPW-owned dams.
With significant costs associated
with dam repairs and maintenance,
CPW staff developed a Screening
Level Risk Analysis tool in 2014
to provide a risk profile and assist
in the prioritization of actions for
CPW-owned dams. The study iden-
tified the most significant repairs
and rehabilitation needed on CPW¡¯s
High and Significant Hazard dams,
which at the time, were projected
For safety reasons, access to the dam, park-
ing lot, and any additional areas being used for
construction operations will not be permitted
until work is complete and all equipment has
been cleared from the site.
During construction, boating will be impacted as
a result of the reduced water levels. Fishing ac-
cess around the perimeter of the reservoir will
remain available, provided it is a safe distance
from the construction zone.
People visiting the reservoir should anticipate
dump trucks and earthwork equipment traveling
in and out of the area.
The Forest Service campground in the area was
closed for the season on Sept. 18, that decision
was unrelated to the construction work.
Spring Creek Dam is classified as a High Hazard
Dam by the State Engineer¡¯s Office, which most
notably means that in the event of a complete
dam failure, ensuing flood conditions would
likely result in human life loss downstream. Be-
cause of the classification, the dam undergoes
yearly safety inspections.
It was during this year¡¯s inspection that in-
creased seepage was noted through the left
abutment of the dam. The seepage is coming
from sinkholes that have developed in a previ-
ously disturbed area to the left of the dam.
Due to the reservoir¡¯s high elevation and limited
winter access, work began soon after the dis-
covery to build a small saddle dam, which will in
turn prevent inundation of the sinkholes.
¡°The dam itself is stable and is functioning
properly, however, plans are in place to perform
a full rehabilitation on its outlet conduit within
the next few years to restore acceptable con-
ditions to the aging infrastructure,¡± said John
Clark, Dam Operations Engineer for Colorado
Parks and Wildlife.
Preliminary construction estimates show that
the outlet conduit rehabilitation could cost CPW
approximately $750,000 to complete, and will
involve draining the reservoir to facilitate con-
struction activities.
CPW owns and operates approximately 115
dams throughout Colorado, and the average age
of these dams is more than 70 years; six dams
Night Time Delights
That Is So Funny!
¡°What happens if you lose that ball?¡±
The other guy replied, ¡°This is a very special golf
He insisted, ¡°I won¡¯t lose it, so I don¡¯t need an-
other one.¡±
¡°Well,¡± the friend asked, ¡°what happens if you
miss your shot and the ball goes sailing into one of
the lakes?¡±
¡°That¡¯s OK,¡± he replied, ¡°this is a special golf ball
that floats. I¡¯ll be able to retrieve it.¡±
¡°Well, what happens if you hit it into the trees and
it gets lost among the bushes and shrubs?¡±
The other guy replied, ¡°That¡¯s fine too. You see,
this special golf ball has a homing beacon.¡±
¡°I¡¯ll be able to get it back, no problem,¡± he said
with surety.
Exasperated, the friend asks, ¡°OK. Let¡¯s say our
game goes late, the sun goes down, and you hit
your ball into a sand trap. What are you going to
do then?¡±
¡°No problem!¡± gloats the other guy. ¡°You see, this
ball is florescent. I¡¯ll be able to see it in the dark.¡±
¡°This ball is un-losable,¡± he bragged
Finally satisfied that he needs only the one golf
ball, the friend asks, ¡°Hey, where did you get a
golf ball like that anyway?¡±
The other guy replies, ¡°I found it.¡±
A Special Golf Ball
Two friends went out to play golf.
They were about to tee off when one fellow no-
ticed that his partner had just one golf ball.
¡°Don¡¯t you have at least one other golf ball?¡± he
The other guy replied that no, he only needed the
¡°Are you sure?¡± the friend persisted.
The Moon Dance
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