This Water Conservation Plan has been created for the purpose of
providing a framework to deal with drought or any other phenomena that
diminishes or interrupts the normal supply of water and water levels in
Bear Creek and Evergreen Lake.
The Mission of this Plan is to provide guidance and operational
imperatives to the Board which will facilitate a quicker and more
comprehensive response to any interruption of the Evergreen Metropolitan
District ("EMD") water supply.
Water Shortage from Low Bear Creek Flow and Emergency
Drought responses to water shortages on Bear Creek will be categorized
into three conditions. The responses will be based on two flow monitoring
devices, which monitor and record the water flow in Bear Creek at two
locations. One gauge is on Bear Creek prior to Evergreen Lake, and the
other gauge is on Bear Creek prior to the town of Morrison.
The Drought Responses are as follows:
- Minor Drought -- Response Level #1
- Drought -- Response Level #2
- Severe Drought -- Response Level #3
winter drought is not foreseen due to the low water usage from customers
on the water system during that season. Without irrigation, the Districtís
maximum base use for customers at the 6500 tap number would be between
250 and 300 gallons per day. This usage would equate to between 2.5 and
3.0 cfs during the winter. Only once in the last 80 years of data on
Bear Creek has the flow reached a low of 4.0 cfs in the winter.
Therefore a winter drought is not anticipated utilizing the maximum tap
number of 6500.
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