Work begins to restore Village Pond in heart of Mountain Village

Village Pond

Words by Kathrine Warren / Public Works

On Monday, Sept. 30, the Town of Mountain Village and Western Stream Works began work to restore the health of the Village Pond. Over the next several weeks, the pond will be completely drained, dredged and restored. 

Village Pond was built in 1996 as a sediment retention pond with the rerouted Gorrono Creek as Telluride Ski Resort was developed. Waddell Creek also supplies the pond. Sediment has built up in the pond over the past 23 years and the pond’s health was being compromised. 

“We’re excited about the opportunity to restore the health of the pond back to its original state,” said Public Works Director Finn Kjome.

Western Stream Works, an environmental restoration company based in Ridgway, is doing the mitigation work. Western Stream Works President Bill Coughlin originally helped build the pond for Telluride Ski Resort. 

The project is permitted through the Army Corps of Engineers with oversight from the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Crews began draining the pond, adjacent to the Telluride Conference Center on Monday, Sept. 30. The week of Oct. 7 the sediment at the bottom of the pond will dry out and then an excavator will begin extracting the material the week of Oct. 14. The project will be staged from the Telluride Ski Resort gravel parking lot, with dump trucks hauling the sediment away. 

The excavator will make the pond deeper to help the pond’s ecosystem. Once the excavation is finished, aerators will be installed at the bottom of the pond to maintain healthy oxygen levels and microbes will be added to the water to naturally prevent the buildup of algae. 

Coughlin thanked residents and neighboring businesses for their patience during the construction time.

“The Village Pond is a beautiful, integral piece of the Village Center and we look forward to the completion of this crucial maintenance,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez. 

Neighbors can expect truck traffic, large machinery and equipment throughout the area during business hours through mid-November. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by early to mid-November. 

“There won’t be any detrimental impact on the existing wetlands,” Coughlin said. “We’re taking a very natural approach in this work.” 

Project updates will be posted on the Town of Mountain Village’s Construction Updates Page. For questions, please contact Mountain Village Public Works at (970)728-5946. 

Mountain Village Pond Maintenance Project Begins Monday, September 30

Village Pond

Words by Special Contributor / Public Works

In conjunction with Western Stream Works, LLC, the Town of Mountain Village will begin work on the Village Pond adjacent to the Telluride Conference Center on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

The pond will be drained and dredged to maintain its health. This will mitigate years of sediment that has accumulated in the pond since it was built.

Neighbors can expect truck traffic, large machinery and equipment throughout the area during business hours over the coming weeks. For project updates, please visit our Construction Updates Page.

 

HAVE QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT:

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
411 Mountain Village Blvd. #2
Mountain Village, CO

(970) 728-5946

The San Miguel County Holiday Tree Disposal

Holiday Tree Disposal

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Environment, Public Works

The San Miguel County holiday tree disposal site is moving this year to Ilium Valley—Vance Drive Industrial Area. Follow the marked signs.

Please remove all lights and decorations from your trees. This site is for tree disposal only, please no other dumping of debris.

Trees will be chipped on January 31. For more information, call (970) 728-3844.

UPDATE–Public Notice about Mountain Village Drinking Water

Water Quality Mountain Village

Words by Bill Kight / Public Works, Utilities

WATER QUALITY UPDATE: testing has continued for chlorine levels in the water, and all levels have resumed to normal. It is advised to please flush your home water lines to ensure the chlorine has dissipated from the water in your pipes. For questions or concerns, please contact the Public Work/Utilities Department at  (970) 728-5946

 

CURRENT WATER QUALITY LEVELS 
VCA0.5 PARTS PER MILLION (PPM)
SKI RANCHES0.7 PPM
MEADOWS VIEW APARTMENTS0.45 PPM

Note: Mountain Village’s water supply is typically ranges from 0.5-1 parts per million.

The Town of Mountain Village Public Works Water Department was alerted to higher levels (but not dangerous) of chlorine in the Town’s water supply earlier this week. Due to a glitch in our water treatment system, there was a slightly larger than normal discharge of chlorine into the Town’s water.

Although, this was not an emergency, as our residents, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did to correct the situation.

The Town’s drinking water is treated with a small amount of chlorine per state law, and the Mountain Village’s water supply is typically ranging from .5-1 parts per million.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires treated tap water to have a detectable level of chlorine to help prevent contamination. The allowable chlorine levels in drinking water (up to 4 parts per million) post “no known or expected health risks (including) an adequate margin of safety. Only chlorine-based disinfectants can provide lasting protection from waterborne diseases throughout the distribution system from treatment plant to the consumer’s tap.

The water was recorded at Village Court Apartments (VCA) on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1.3 parts per million and the town is continuing to flush the system to return to normal levels within the next 24 hours.

The Town of Mountain Village Public Works Department is committed to producing the highest quality drinking water and are making operational improvements in response to the situation through environmental testing and reporting.

For questions regarding the Town of Mountain Village Water, please contact Public Works Director, Finn Kjome at (970) 369-8206 and by email.

Public Notice about Mountain Village Drinking Water

Water Quality Mountain Village

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Public Works

The Town of Mountain Village Public Works Water Department was alerted to higher levels (but not dangerous) of chlorine in the Town’s water supply. Due to a glitch in our water system, there was a slightly larger than normal discharge of chlorine into the Town’s water system.

Although, this was not an emergency, as our residents, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did to correct the situation.

The Town’s drinking water is treated with a small amount of chlorine per state law, and the Mountain Village’s water supply is typically ranging from .5-1 parts per million.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires treated tap water to have a detectable level of chlorine to help prevent contamination. The allowable chlorine levels in drinking water (up to 4 parts per million) post “no known or expected health risks (including) an adequate margin of safety. Only chlorine-based disinfectants can provide lasting protection from waterborne diseases throughout the distribution system from treatment plant to the consumer’s tap.

The water was recorded at Village Court Apartments (VCA) on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1.3 parts per million and the town is continuing to flush the system to return to normal levels within the next 24 hours.

The Town of Mountain Village Public Works Department is committed to producing the highest quality drinking water and are making operational improvements in response to the situation through environmental testing and reporting.

For questions regarding the Town of Mountain Village Water, please contact Public Works Director, Finn Kjome at (970) 369-8206 and by email.

Mountain Village Water Restrictions in Effect May 1, 2018

Water Conservation

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Environment, Public Works

Beginning May 1, 2018, Town of Mountain Village will implement a Summer Water Conservation Resident Program in anticipation of a dry season restricting outside irrigation. Conservation program efforts will be in effect for the Town of Mountain Village, Ski Ranches, Elk Run and Skyfield.

Based on recent reports from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and National Water and Climate Center (USDA/NRCS)Snow and Precipitation Update Report (Snotel), and Bikis Water Consultants Division of SGM, the Town is being proactive in initiating this year’s restrictions in May in an attempt to conserve water from the start of irrigation season rather than waiting until June when we could potentially be in a more sensitive drought situation.

Water Conservation program Schedule:

Effective May 1, 2018: 

  • All properties north of Mountain Village Boulevard and Elk Run may water their landscaping on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays ONLY. Irrigation clocks must be set to run at a level of 70-75% of regular water consumption for the three days a week you are allowed to water. Irrigating hours will be either before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
  • All properties south of Mountain Village Boulevard, plus the Ski Ranches and Skyfield, may water their landscaping on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays ONLY. Irrigation clocks must be set to run at a level of 70-75% of regular water consumption for the three days a week you are allowed to water. Irrigating hours will be either before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
  • All exterior water features must be turned off during this conservation effort.
  • Due to potential water contamination “cross-connection” occurrences, NO trucked in water will be allowed to be hooked up to existing irrigation systems.

Effective June 1, 2018: 

  • All properties north of Mountain Village Blvd and Elk Run residents may water their landscaping on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays ONLY. Irrigation clocks must be set to run at a level of 70-75% of regular water consumption for the three days a week you are allowed to water. Irrigating hours will be either before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • All properties south of Mountain Village Blvd, plus the Ski Ranches and Skyfield, may water their landscaping on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays ONLY. Irrigation clocks must be set to run at a level of 70-75% of regular water consumption for the three days a week you are allowed to water. Irrigating hours will be either before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • All exterior water features must be turned off during this conservation effort.
  • Due to potential water contamination “cross-connection” occurrences, NO trucked in water will be allowed to be hooked up to existing irrigation systems.

New Landscaping:

Effective May 1, 2018, because of the need for new landscaping to receive additional watering to become established, landscaping installed before spring of 2017 and future landscaping projects may apply for additional irrigation permissions by permit. All permit applications which include landscaping additions or changes shall be reviewed on a case by case basis by contacting Mountain Village Senior Planner Dave Bangert by email or (970) 369-8203.

Please be aware that if the San Miguel River goes under administration (on call), further water restrictions may be necessary as the Town follows its augmentation requirements. If the weather conditions do not cooperate, this could result in a ban on all outside watering from the Town’s water system. On the other hand, if the region does see a significant increase in moisture the Town may retract its water conservation efforts.

For questions regarding the Town of Mountain Village Water Conservation Program, please contact Public Works Director, Finn Kjome at  (970) 369-8206.