Camp Hale wetlands may be restored |

Camp Hale wetlands may be restored

Daily Staff Writer

The wetlands in the Pando valley, between Red Cliff and Leadville, was transformed into the training grounds for 10th Mountain Division soldiers who fought in World War II.

The river there was channelized with military precision and the wetlands covered with millions of tons of fill. But a discussion how now begun about how to restore a portion of the historic area to its natural state while simultaneously honoring the soldier’s accomplishments.

Another part of this discussion is the water rights in the region held by the cities of Aurora and Colorado Springs. Development of water rights in Camp Hale is part of the larger picture of water storage and diversion included in the Eagle River Memorandum of Understanding, an agreement between those cities and Eagle County water users.

The public is invited to join a broad discussion of what the future might hold at the Camp Hale site. This is a preliminary conversation, open to all those with an interest in these subjects who want to be involved. Attendees will hear about the recent plans for how some water in Camp Hale might be pumped over to the Front Range.

This Waterwise Wednesday meeting is an outgrowth of the “Eagle River Inventory and Assessment” research project being conducted by Colorado State University. This project seeks to identify areas of concern in the Eagle River watershed that should be considered candidates for restoration or preservation for their natural conservation values.

The Eagle River Watershed Council, which sponsors the series, can be contacted at

Waterwise Wednesday

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., tonight

Where: Avon Library

What: “The Value of Camp Hale: Wetlands, War and Water”

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