Oct 7, 2013 11:46 PM by Juice Godfrey

Update: Royal Gorge ring removal

The Canon City Council received an update tonight about the clean-up steel rings from the Arkansas River.

City Administrator Doug Dotson told the council in their regular meeting that the rings had been removed from the river, and last week were hauled out of the canyon on a railroad car.

The rings are from an abandoned wooden water pipeline that was used to deliver water to the city years ago.

Since the pipeline was shut down, the rings have been falling into the river, and when part of the pipeline was burned in the fire at the Royal Gorge this summer, many more of the rings ended up in the river.

The rings are a hazard to anyone using the river.

Canon City Water Superintendent, Bob Hartzman says this is a good start to cleaning up the river, and hopes to find the money to remove more of the rings next year.

The Council has spent $120,000 so far to remove the rings, and is waiting on the bill from the railroad before a final cost can be calculated.

There are still a number of rings in the river, and as the old pipeline continues to deteriorate, more rings will fall into it.



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