Historic High Line Canal Gets New Mission – CBS Denver


DENVER (CBS4) – The High Line Canal was originally built to carry irrigation water through the region. Now that this objective has dried up, the canal is reassigned to a new type of water management.

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“Today users see a very dry channel,” said Harriet Crittenden LaMair, executive director of High Line Canal Conservancy.

Denver Water has not sent water to the canal for several years, mainly because it is a very inefficient way of moving water. 60 to 80% of the water escapes or evaporates. Now the High Line Canal Conservancy is promulgating a plan that would use 64 miles of the 71-mile canal to collect and filter stormwater.

“Stormwater in the region arrives faster and in clusters, so having more ways to manage that stormwater and have it flow when it arrives is a very smart way to manage the water,” Crittenden explained. LaMair.

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Crews are building berms along the canal that will slow down the water so it can filter before it enters existing streams and streams. Rocky channels and new curbs help direct the runoff of falling rain into the channel.

“The study shows that if we direct stormwater into the High Line Channel about 100 more days a year, the channel will get wet, which is incredible,” Crittenden LaMair told CBS4.

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The rainwater will also benefit the canopy along the canal, which currently is no longer watered as before.

“Really, it’s part of climate resilience, social justice issues, and environmental justice issues. When we look at the driest areas along the canal, they are in the northern communities where there has been a lack of historic investment in the canal, ”said Crittenden LaMair.

This project will cost $ 14 million over the next five to ten years.

From August 1 to October 10, the Conservancy is organizing a walk for the canal, to raise funds for these projects and the regular maintenance of the greenway. The challenge is to set a goal based on distance. Collect donations, win prizes and get outside.

“All funds raised will come to Conservancy and will be shared with local governments, as well as to support our community stewardship programs such as garbage cleanup, tree planting, weekly removals and more,” said LaMair .

To register for Walk for the Canal, go to highlinecanal.org/marche.

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