Disclaimer: The outline regarding Denver Basin aquifers and well permitting issues by retired attorney Henry Worley represents his understanding of such issues as of the date of his retirement. While this provides an overview of the Denver Basin aquifers and issues related to those aquifers, it is not intended to provide legal advice regarding any particular situation. Anyone with significant water rights issues is strongly urged to contact an attorney who is competent in such matters.
I would like to invite you to a community meeting to hear from an expert water attorney, Mr. Hank Worley, who has been involved with water issues in the Black Forest as well as the surrounding area for many years. I believe this meeting will be very informative and worthwhile.
The meeting is sponsored by the Black Forest Water and Wells Committee and will be held on Monday, September 30th at 7 p.m. at the Black Forest Community Club just north of the intersection of Shoup Road and Black Forest Road.
Mr. Worley will be presenting information on Colorado water law, Denver Basin water law, the Denver Basin aquifers themselves, water rights and other issues. He will have a question and answer session as well.
I hope you can attend.
Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) Found in AFA Groundwater
Black Forest’s Air Force Academy neighbor has discovered toxic chemicals in their groundwater. The chemicals, known as PFCs, are firefighting foam substances that also contaminated water in Security, Widefield, and Fountain.
We called the El Paso County Public Health Department for information of interest to Black Forest residents who may be concerned about their well water. Aaron Doussett, the Water Quality manager, provided the following information:
For more information, call the El Paso County Health Department at (719) 518-3131 or read Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) in Fountain, Widefield, Security for more information.
By Donna Duncan and Monika Eckmann
Black Forest residents, are you concerned that the massive amount of development coming to Black Forest might adversely affect our groundwater supply? A recent water decree allows the Cherokee Metropolitan District to pump a total of 3,708 acre-feet of water per year; 1,246 acre-feet of that yearly total can come from the Dawson aquifer. One acre-foot is the volume of water equivalent to covering one acre of land to a depth of one foot; this equals 43,560 cubic feet or 325,851 gallons. There are approximately 13,116 Black Forest residents who use 0.5 acre-feet per year, per household. Consequently, Cherokee can pump 50% additional water than is used by the entire Black Forest community in a year.