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Water talk coming north


Water supply remains a prominent issue in Colorado, and especially in Pueblo, where the proposed Southern Delivery System would build a pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir to transport water out of the Arkansas River to Colorado Springs.

It seems much of the Springs is unaware of the details surrounding the water controversy, which is why the Pueblo Chieftain is bringing its story north and hosting a public forum on the topic Tuesday, June 5, at Colorado College.

Jane Rawlings, assistant publisher of the Chieftain, is expected to discuss the newspaper's interest in area water issues.

"We want to engage the general public in the Colorado Springs area in a discussion about the future of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek," she says. "We want them to be able to hear from Pueblo directly."

Colorado Springs Utilities endorses SDS but has also partnered with the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy in funding a Fountain Creek coordinator to negotiate other ideas to improve the waterway.

Scheduled speakers at the forum include Pueblo District Attorney Bill Thiebaut, who filed a lawsuit against Colorado Springs over sewage spills; Denver water attorney Ray Petros, who has suggested a multipurpose dam on Fountain Creek for flood control; and Richard Skorman, former Colorado Springs City Council member and now regional aide to U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar.

The speakers will discuss various topics and answer questions.

"Common Ground: Put Yourself in Pueblo's Place"

CC's Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave.

Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m.


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