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By Daniel Tyler

Conservation. The final Water gap within the West is the background of the most important transmountain diversion undertaking ever outfitted ---- the Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) --- designed to convey Colorado River water via a thriteen-mile tunnel less than the Continental Divide to farmers within the South Platte River basin. The e-book additionally deals a close exploration of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (NCWCD), the organisation created to supervise the layout, development, water supply, and cost of the enormous C-BT.

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Brian and Wendy Werner never complained about my intrusions on weekends and even allowed one of their young daughters to sharpen her teeth on several chapters. To the Werner family I am enormously grateful. Bob Barkley and Bill Farr provided me with firsthand information that could not be found in the documents, Page xv and their professional demeanor won my uncompromising respect and admiration. Gordon Dyekman, NCWCD Board president from 1976 to 1991, died just before the manuscript was completed.

After deciding that Nebraska was too "selfish and unyielding" to be involved in further discussions,59 the negotiators cabled home from Washington that they had reached an agreement including Colorado's endorsement of Casper-Alcova and Wyoming's willingness to provide the necessary rights-of-way, allowing Colorado to proceed with construction of the diversion works. The agreement also called for the accord to be brought home and signed by the governors with appropriate fanfare. 60 Resolution of northern Colorado's water needs required more creative thinking.

L. Stimson at the Greeley Post Office. Faced with bad news from Washington, drought, and depressed agricultural prices, the three wondered collectively if technology had advanced sufficiently to justify building a tunnel from Grand Lake to the Big Thompson River. Stimson, who believed that skills developed during construction of the Metropolitan Aqueduct in California made the project feasible, was Page 29 willing to run a survey line between the two points to construct a map. Kelly and Norcross agreed to find money for him from Weld and Larimer county commissioners.

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