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…show more content… It allows farmers to grow and water their produce such as watermelon and cantaloupe. It also allows for storage of water in reservoirs for the use on fields to irrigate. There are five dams and reservoirs in the project. The Ruedi Dam and Reservoir, is located on the western slope; the other four are on the eastern slope. Pueblo Dam and Reservoir is the largest reservoir in the project. It is located on the Arkansas river.
What are some benefits ?: Today we enjoy the benefits of the Fryingpan-Arkansas project. Water diverted from the western slope and regulation of the Arkansas river provides irrigation water for the Arkansas Valley. It allows farmers to sustain and increase the level of crop productivity. It allows them to diversify crops and meet irrigation needs. Major crops grown in the valley are alfalfa, corn, sorghum, onions, beans, melons and seed crops.
Maintaining fish and wildlife habitat was also a concern of those creating the project. Game fish found along the project include rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout. Creation of the Ruide Dam and Reservoir increased reproduction and provided recreation opportunities. Twin lakes and Turquoise Lake and Twin Lakes have become popular fishing sites. They are stocked with 16 tons of hatchery fish each year. Water supply to two fish hatcheries, one in Leadville and another below the Pueblo Dam. The hatchery is managed by Colorado Parks and