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Aug 11, 2013 5:37 PM by Zach Thaxton

Two Buttes Reservoir at dangerous water levels

Two Buttes Reservoir along the Prowers-Baca county line in southeastern Colorado is at dangerous water levels following the recent wet weather.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the water levels in the reservoir between Lamar and Springfield have risen more than 20 feet in less than a week, prompting concerns about the aging and structurally-deficient dam's ability to hold all the water back.

Parks and Wildlife says it is required to release water from the reservoir once the water levels exceed 20 feet, according to an agreement with the Office of the State Engineer.  "We understand that water releases during a drought might raise questions for local residents that rely on the reservoir, however public safety and ensuring structural integrity of the dam are of critical importance," said Mike King, Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources, which oversees both Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Division of Water Resources. "I've asked staff from both agencies to hold a public meeting as soon as possible to answer questions about the issue and try to address the concerns from people in southeast Colorado."

That public meeting is set for Monday, August 12, at 5:00 p.m. at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office at 2500 Main Street in Lamar.

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