Theu.s. Arkansas Project : The Benefits Of Water

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Fryingpan Arkansas Project: The benefits of water to the locals

Thesis: The Fryingpan Arkansas Project brings many benefits for southeastern colorado. The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project water tunnel brings many benefits to local farmers around the state. It is the state’s second largest water project and is only smaller than the primary diversion tunnel of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. It is an elaborate reclamation project that brings more than 230,000 acre- feet of water to various cities, including Denver, and to irrigators in the southeast section of the state. Transmountain diversions provide much-needed water to eastern Colorado, which holds more than 90% of the state’s population, but receives less than 20% of the state’s precipitation.
The project is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Water from the headwaters of the Fryingpan RIver is carried through a series of diversions, the Charles H. Boustead Tunnel and the Busk-Ivanhoe Tunnel. Water empties into the Turquoise Lake near Leadville Currently the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project diverts about 58,000 acre feet of water, annually.

The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project is a multipurpose trans mountain and basin water diversion and delivery project in Colorado. It makes an annual diversion of water from the Fryingpan River and other tributaries of the Roaring Fork River to the Arkansas River basin on the eastern slope. It transports water…

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