FARMINGTON, N.M. — A water commission is eyeing a possible pipeline from a Colorado lake to northern New Mexico.
San Juan Water Commission members will meet in October to decide if they want to seek a conceptual design for the pipeline at an estimated cost of $10,000 to $15,000, the Daily Times reported (http://bit.ly/2cjL7FE ). Further study could cost up to $250,000.
Lake Nighthorse in southern Colorado, which is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation, is fed by the Animas River. Water has not been pumped from the reservoir in 2016 over concerns related to last year’s Gold King Mine wastewater spill, which hit the Animas River.
The spill dumped 3 million gallons of wastewater. The mine was recently named a Superfund site to begin the costly and long cleanup process.
Future lake recreation could lead to invasive species that may impact a pipeline and lead to clogging.
Commission director Aaron Chavez said Lake Nighthorse was originally intended for drought relief.
Commissioner Jim Dunlap said the project would be expensive. “We can’t just put it in Lake Farmington (in New Mexico) and call it done,” Dunlap said, noting that the water would need to be connected to water treatment centers in San Juan County.
Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com