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HandoutsA cert~in atnount of water is ~essary to "wet the ditch" before r of it cari be turned !~ut foi usetu] =eri.ny, so a minimum amount of water essentidl. Even more important is = sharing oE the expenses for di~ch =ration and maintenance. As the area ts urb~nized, subdivided, and ~plied wiY_h City water, the riur~d.>er shareholders will diminish, ]eav~ny ,. financial burden un fewer and ,~er members. At present there are proximately 300 acres under diCch; us, the annual assessment has creased over the last thirty years om $15 to $55 per acre. Even so,' as will outline below, this water is ill a bargain, but we do not want is to become even more expensive. So hang on to your ditch rights, share ~ benefits and the neighborliness of r ditch community, and ensure its Tvival in the future. The ditch ter is a precious commodity and eatly enhances land values of the operties it serves. pperation The Silver Lake Ditch is managed by Board of Directors elected at an nual meeting, usually prior to the art of the ditch season. This board, ,bject to approval by vote of the iareholders, establishes the budget, ~ts assessments for the year and ikes care of management-, operation-, ~gal, and other problems. The Board so hires a"ditch rider" for the ~ason who opens and closes head gates ~ the laterals according to schedule id keeps the ditch clean and free of ~structions. Once the water leaves the main itch, its distribution and use is up ~ each individual lateral. A "lateral iairman" is responsible far ~heduling the distribution of water ~ the neighbors according to the reas served, which at times can be an ateresting exercise in peaceful ~nflict resolution and neighborly ~operation. r, ~~~,,,,, c:a I P.d~,.,~~tayud o:. Di L ct~ ,,,.~ ,~r A portion of the area served by the Silver Lake Ditch is currently outside the City limits, and therefore has to rely on ditch water or wells which are in large part fed by seepage from the ditch. With expansion of the city limits, City water will be available and questions wi.ll arise regarding the wisdom of maintaining ditch rights. In the following, we show that ditch water is much cheaper than City water. City water rates escalate with increasing use, but for our purposes we will conservatively use the lowest rate, which in 1994 was $l.lb per 1000 gallons. Let us now assume a lateral flow rate of 7D gallons per minute, of which due to seepage only 50 gallons per minute will arrive at the user's land. With a ditch season of four months, and eight hours' flow per week for one acre, the total amount of water for the season will be 384,000 gallons, for which the assessment is currently $55. This amounts to 14 cents per 1000 gallons, or only one ninth of the rate for City water, It follows that the economical thing to do is to hang on to your ditch rights. li~.w Cu Use Yoi!r' Ui tch Wal er The traditional way of watering in our area has been by flood irrigation, but as areas served get smaller and broken up by development, sprinkling becomes more appropriate as well as more economical. Many of your neighbors now feed their ditch water into sprinkler systems for convenient a~plication to keep their lawns and gardens green and flourishing. In fact, your ditch can serve as a major landscaping feature, providing refreshing lushness and an attraction for birds and wildlife. The following photograph shows a typical pump arrangement, which has served some of your neighbors very well. It consists of a small reservoir fed from the ditch as buffer, an intake pipe with screen and water level control, a self-priming pump which can deliver water at a rate of 50 gallons per minute at a pressure of 50 pounds per square inch (psi1, driven by a 220 Volt electric motor of 1 1/2 to 2 horsepower. Such a system can utilize your ditch water to drive up to 10 sprinkler heads at a time. Depending on your needs, other sizes and combinations are of course possible. We encourage you to consider such a system. We will be happy to furnish you with a separate information sheet detailing plans and listing contractors for such a system. Some of your neighbors have built these systems themselves at a cost of several hundred dollars. There are also many landscape firms and pump contractors equipped to do a professional job of such an installation. 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It gives a short history and description of its current operation, presents the personal and financial advantages of maintaining membership, and offers some suggestions as to optimal use of your ditch water. It will be complemented by additional sheets detailing these matters. `i'hu Silver I.aLe Uitch Irrigation -water is the lifeblood of our area, and is intimately connected with its development. All ditches must have three components: the water rights, the storage facilities, and the distribution system. Silver Lake Ditch was started by pioneers in 1888; as one of the later ditches, its water rights are junior to others, and in dry years other ditches may have prior claim to the water. However, in recent years, our ditch has been able to furnish water through the full irrigation season, usually from May until early September. The rights to our ditch watez go with the land; they cannot be sold. However, when ditch rights get abandoned, usually by non-payment of dues over three years, they revert to the City, with whom we share storage rights to Silver Lake, in the City's mountain watershed. Maintenance of acreage served is of critical concern to us. The course of Silver Lake Ditch is shown on the map at the left. It begins at Boulder Creek about a mile up Boulder Canyon; its diversion, with head gate and measuring flume, is just off the Boulder Creek Trail which follows the old railroad grade on the north side of the creek. It then runs through some big steel pipes hanging on the sheer rock face visible from the highway, proceeds through a tunnel and runs well up above Canyon Park before turning north below Red Rocks. It then contours up Sunshine Canyon before running through Lykin Gulch (or Sanitas Valley), crossing Dakota (or First-) Ridge above the Rehabilitation Center and then follows the foot of Dakota Ridge north before meandering through Wonderland Hills Subdivision, partly underground. It then circumvents the west edge of Wonderland Lake, along the Foothills Trail, and eventually courses through the fields slated to become the North Boulder Community Park, before crossing Broadway near the National Guard Armory. Although at one time the Silver Lake Ditch ran to its end at the now dry Mesa Reservoir, its present terminus is on the grounds of the Armory. At various points as shown on the map, side ditches (or "laterals") run east, some as far as 26th Street. The twelve existing laterals serve 3/4 of our users and are all that remain of a once more extensive distribution system. 1/4 of our users draw water directly from the main ditch, which, through its irrigation water, as well as the seepage that replenishes the ground water, helps to keep the whole n6rthwest part of our City green. It also supports the colorful glory of Long's Gardens on North Broadway during iris blossom time. $ORiO COIIC6YR8 Our ditch originally served over 1000 acres of land. As the City expanded and the orchards and fields which at one time graced these parts gave way to streets and houses, the acreage "under ditch" gradually diminished. By a 1955 agreement with the City, when the acreage served by the ditch diminished to less than 400, storage rights in Silver Lake would also gradually decrease, with more of the water in the City's pipeline, and less in our ditch. For this reason alone, survival of the Ditch depends on shareholders keeping up membership and assessments. Silver lake Ditch Company Planning Board meeting City Council Chambers June 23, 2005 1. Opening remarks We are attending this meeting to bring to vour attention a community matter of grave importance to the Silver Lake Ditch, and one that requires your immediate attention. This is not an annexation issue, but rather a City policy issue thot adversely affects our user membership anc the very fabric that binds neighborhoods together. We want to aler ~u to a citizen's movement in North and West Boulder that relates to the Silver :~..;e Ditch in both City and County. A full-scale uprising is brewing and we felt yo. =nould know about it. The Ditch Company is alarmed about what seems to be a significant increase in cases where the City forces properTy owner~ to give up their ditch rights as a condition for receiving residential construction or remodeling permits. Over the past five or six weeks, a number of Ditch shareholders living in different neighborhoods, each served by a separate ditch lateral, have notified us of the City demands for their water rights, offen at the eleventh hour of their permit process. When they protested, they were toid they had no choic~: "No water rights, no permit." These water users are upset... they are pushing us to take legal action because they feel wronged; they are frustrated qt not being listened to. To make matters worse, the City has demanded direct-flow water rights as well as storage rights, a policy that runs counter to the City's continuing assurances that the Silver Lake Ditch will always have its direct-flow rights. Although property owners have individually negotiated with the City, these negotiations affect the viability of the entire Ditch. The City has usually neither consulted nor notified the Ditch Company about their demands; indeed, the action has been unilateral. Over the years, the relationship between the Silver Lake Ditch & Reservoir Company and the City has been cooperative. For example, in recent years, the Ditch Company and the City have worked together to deliver water to Mesa Reservoir, whieh is owned by the City and filled through the Ditch. Because of the anxiety being generated by the current city policy, our volunteers are beginning to question their willingness to heic the Ditch Company deliver water for the City, when the City seems bent on taK~~:g their water rights. Shareholders and, indeed, non-users alike, wno live along ~~.~r ditCh and its laterals, feel that by its actions the City, unwittingly, is tearing apart the'iissue of the neighborhood connectivity. Even if the recent actions were legal, the policy may not be the most prudent. The City's actions are threatening the very existence of the Ditch: a. The deciining amount of stor~ge water available to the ditch is approaching the minimum amount needed to operate the Ditch b. The consequences of losing the Ditch would dramaticaliy and detrimentally impact Boulder neighborhoods, parks and open space Last Friday affernoon, Silver Lake Ditch rep esentatives met with City Manager Frank Bruno and his staff to bring this matter to his attention (Frank was technicalty on vacation, but sensed our urgency and agreed to meet with us). At that meeting, we made the following request to the City, and we herebv reiterate that reauest to the Planning Board tonight: a. lm~lement a morato~um on *~ie mandatory transfer of ditch rights to the City as a requirement ror receiving building and remodeling permits, until the situation can be evaluated. b. Transfer the direct flow rights previously taken by the City back to the Ditch Company or the landowners so they may be used in the Ditch. c. Provide a written oolicv on when and under what circumstances the City will require the retirement of ditch shares as a condition of a building permit. (Director of Utilities Ned Williams informed me that he and his staff would proceed on this as soon his people return from vacation~. d. Involve the Ditch Comoanv in discussions about taking difch rights from landowners and provide the Ditch Company copies of documents of all transfers and leases of ditch rights. Meanwhile, the Sifver Lake Ditch board h~s generated a petition that has been circulated to affirm support of our shareholders and concerned citizens in resolving the threat against our ditch. For: Jim Snow, President Presented by Tim Ostwald, Vice President 2. Reading of the "Silver Lake DHch Petffion" 3. Reading of the "Beneflts of the Siiver Lake Ditch to ihe Boulder Community" June 19, 2005 Dear Elected Officials of Boulder City and Boulder County, We, the following concerned citizens, respectfully submit this petition. Cee ~°t~~~ We have just begun to gather signatures: this is to alert you to a growing concern. Please contact me with any questions, comments, and suggestions for resolving this urgent issue. ~ Thank you! ~- ~e%~~, 'ti'u J m Snow ~ President Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company PO Box 19 Boulder, Colorado 80306 - 0019 tel: 303-442-7178 TO: Water Resources Advisory Board: Gilbert Barth Robin Byers Jim Knopf Bart Miller Ken Wilson Boulder City Council Members: Suzy Ageton Robin Bohannan Crystal Gray Shaun McGrath Gordon Riggle Andy Schultheiss Jack Stoakes Boulder County Commissioners: Tom Mayer Ben Pearlman Will Toor Planning Board Members: Macon Cowles Elise jones Claire Levy Simon Mole Philip Shull Adrian Sopher John Spitzer Boulder City Manager. Frank Bruno June 19, 2005 Gilbert White 624 Pearl Street Boulder, Colorado tel: 303-444-~169 I make this statement for the Boulder Planning Board meeting on June 23, 2005. I speak via my proxy, Martha Avery, with regard to the Silver Lake Ditch. Sometimes it is important to step back and view events from a broader perspective. We hope to discern the longterm results of our immediate actions. I have been following the Silver Lake Ditch issue with some interest and some concern. The longterm result that we would like to see is a viable Silver Lake Ditch, a Ditch that continues to contribute to Boulder's greater good. My sense of the current situation is that the historic entity that has preserved and maintained this Ditch is the entity that should continue to maintain it. A sufficient membership is required to do that. Jeopardizing that membership by forcing sale of water rights in the Ditch is not a good idea. I hope that the Boulder Planning Board will take the greater good and the longer perspective into account in evaluating this issue. Sincerely, ~~ ~~ ~~ ~ ~ Name Address Shareholder? 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WHERE~1& Shareholders inaintain the Ditch and its lataals tluough voluntea labor of sharehoiders. _ _ ~ ~, , ~, ~'' ~ WHEREAS: In addidon W ihe direct use~s' gmup, itself a`neighborhood,' there are twelve laterals or heighborhoods' serv+ed by the Ditch, wluch binds these neighborhoods together. The benefits nsulting &otn the ~tive participation of these neighborhooda in the Ditch a@'octs all ofBoulder. W~REAS: Members of fne Silver Iake Ditch and Reservoir Compa`y own shareg ' which aze tied to the land ~ WHEREAS: T6e Ciry of Boulder and the Silver take Ditch have 3 contracts that govem ~~ the use of Silver'Lake reservoir and its water aupply aud how the City can.acquire shares. ~ WHEREAS: In recent waks City staff is refusing to issue building pemuts to some ~' shareholders of the Ditch unlesa they relinquish their ahares ia retum for a check for 525. WHEREAS: The City may be exposing itself to unnecessary and cosdy legal action as a result of its actions, which are in violation of the spirit and letter of the conaacts between the City aad the Silver Lake Ditch and Re,4ervoir Company. - , WHEREAS: The City takes pains to maiatain every historical building, every lastorica! window, yet the 117-year-old legacy of the Silver Lake Ditch is being dismantled without a second thought. WHEREAS: The way the Community benefits from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy makers, w the extent that actions of City staff members are jeopardizing a significant asset. WHEREAS: AcNons by the City W force shareholders W nlinquish shares results in the dewatering of Boulder Creek since ttris water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WHEREAS: The loss of shazeholdecs decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WFIEREAS: The acquisition of Silvex Lake shares is not needed for the City's water system and was not contemplated per Utilities Planning Documents and the conservation savings that will be achieved through the new water rate structure. WHEREAS: The use of Silver Lake Ditch for uriga6on eliminates the nxd for chemical treatment of water and the waste solids that are genpated by the water heatrnent WHEREAS: The Departments that are curnnUy deciding the future of the Silver Lake Ditch are Planning and ~Ttilitiea. Tttese.departments do not rxeive any beneSt from the Silver •Lake Ditch Howevei, as outlincd below, Parks and Recreation and Opm Space benefit greatly fivm the Silver Lake Ditch yet have not been included in the decision- making process. THEREFORE: We the undersigncd regueet tLat the Water Resources Advisory Board and City Council diroct Planni~-g and ~Jtili6es staff to place aa im~-ediate halt w the recent piactice of the City's nfusipg W issue building pemrita to Silver Lake Ditch shareholders unleas they relinquiah their water rights for 525. The Wata Resources Advisory Board and City Council should seek an indepmdmt legat review of ita actions and convene a public p~ocess w discaes and ev~luate the benefita snd negative impscts to its citizens and the aatural envit+omient. We list below the benefits of the Silver Lake Ditch W Boulder citizens. Respectfully, ' Names and signahues that follow include membets of the direct nsers' group, the twelve , laterals or `neighborhoods' served by the Silver Lake Ditch, as weU aa other concemed ~ citizens: `O Name Addrees Shareholdei? ~ Ltz.4!-8~l C.m K~- ~G.-.. ~-~ ~s (36 u.Qc~}' ~3 ~ ._.)ut,t6 M$if~ ~ r.~~ 56~"1 tJ.O P~ovu~, co BS~ia ~/~ ~ Se' r~~ ~ (~~- ~ $ ~C~ /.;m ~lo~~, 14~ ~.~~1 ~r. O z 1x1 ~ `~ D "_. 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VVHEREAS: Shareholdera maintain the Ditch and its laterala through volunteer labor of shareholdere. WHEREAS: In addition W the direct users' group, itself a'neighborhood,' there are twelve laterals or'neighborhoods' served by the Ditch, which binds these neighborhoods together. The benefits resulting from the active participation of these neighborhoods in the Ditch affxts all of Boulder. WHEREAS: Members of the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company own shares which are ried to the land. WHEREAS: The City of Boulder and the Silver Lake Ditch have 3 contracts that govem the use of Silver Lake resorvoir and its water supply and how the City can acqwre shares. WHEREAS: In recent weeks City staff is refusing to issue building p~rmits to some shareholders of the Ditch unless they relinquish their shares in retum for e check for 525. WHEREAS: The City may be exposing itself to unnecessary and cosUy legal action as a result of its actions, which aze in violarion of the spirit and letter of the contracts between the City and the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company. WHEREAS: The City takes pains to maintain every historical building, every historical window, yet the 117-year-old legacy of the Silver Lake Ditch is being dismantled without a second thought. WHEREAS: The way the Community benefits from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy makers, to the eutent that actions of City staff members are jeopardizing a significant asset. WHEREAS: Actions by the City to force shareholdcrs to relinquish shares results in the dewatering of Boulder Creek since this water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WHEREAS: The loss of shareholders decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WHEREAS: The acquisidon of Silver Lalce s6ares is not naded for the City's water system snd was not contemplated per Utilities Planning Documents and the conservation savings that will be achieved through the new water rate shucture. WAEREAS: Thc use of Silver Lalce Ditch for irrigation eliminates the need for chemical matrnent of water and the waste solids that are generatcd by the water treatmeat. WHEREAS: The Departrnents Wat an cunently deciding the future of the Silver Lake Bitch sre Planning and'Jtiliries. 3 nase depariments do not rxeiva az-y benefit from the Silver Lake Ditch. However, as outlined below, Padcs and Recreation and Open Space benefit greatly &om the Silver I.ake Ditch yet have not been includod in the decisioa making process. THEREFORE: We the undetsigned request that the Water Reaources Advieory Board and City Council dircct Planning and U6lities etaff to place an immediate halt to the recent practice of the Ciry's refusing W issue building peimita to Silver Lake Ditch shareholdecs unlees they relinquish their water rights for 525. 'Ibe Wster Reeources Advisory Board and City Council should seek an independent legal review of ib ections and convene a public process to discuss and eveluate the benefits and negative impacts to its citizens and the natural environment. W e list below the benefits of the Silver Lake Ditch to Boulder citizens. Respectfully, ' Names and signatures that follow include members of the direct usc~s' group, the twelve laterals or 'neighborhoods' served by the Silvor Lake Ditch, as well as other concemcd Name Address Shareholder? ~ ~ .~, I ~~33~ar~ - ~ I C/1?(1~ Cn~o'!( '~~ /~-~ J ~ 3c7L~ ~'~:.'ti .+^>' ~~ ~~W ~cl r ~% cJ~i7 if J P.S~ ,~,.u~ ,~e, ~~~~-t l'f al l~ ~~"~ ~d p'L' ~ ~ ~l~ ~~ ~ `f~l~ ~l~ri~~e ~ ~ `~ ~~ ~~~'~~~ ~'~;'~~~..~~ j4(; s ~C~~~~~z a1o ~~'~~~'uux- ~"z~ ~ z c~ / ~/<5 ~C•~ s ~~c.~ ~J ~ .c/ _. _ ~~ . ~ N~ ~,h ~,~, ~ ~033 ka,~~„B~~~~.~ `~~p ~(~ern l I ~ 3 i~~(J~ ~'~^- ~ F1' f ~ ~`'( ' odS03 J~u1K~L ~ ~~--1~ ~'~ `~~~~~~u COf~i~i ~ 45S-Tf~Q~ ~"/'~ ---- y~~ SK +r.~~ M~~~ t~ov ~s~1~iJ'~~-~ ~f~s QO.r`pt••~ C,~ ~t ~a,o~ ~t-tE~234id~ ~h~arz 8a3b ~~'I f ~/C u.v.v ~a~-cdkrvL 0 0 ~j~ ~ ~ p . ~lgo E.^t ~~lQ r2D ~ ~~~ ~ w +3~ ~ r ~ ~ss ~,~p , ~ , A ue~-.~ ~ ~1cNr~ttE , aa~a ~~,~v ~ ~ Silver Lake Ditch Petition Petition of Silver Lake Ditch neighborhoods and concemed citizens: WHEREAS: The Silver Lake Ditch serves both the Ciry and County and is an asset that bene5ts both City end County residents and government. WHEREAS: the Silver Lake Ditch is an irreplaceable resource that also provides significant benefits to the community and natural cnvimnment, as deecribed below. WHEREAS: Shareholdere maintain the Ditch and its laterals through volunteer labor of shareholders. WHEREAS: In addition W We direct users' group, itself a`neighborhood,' there are twelve laterals or'neighborhoods' served by the Ditch, which binds these neighborhoods together. The benefits resulting &om the active participation of these neighborhoods in the Ditch affects all of Boulder. WHEREAS: Membess of the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company own shares which are Hed to the land. WHEREAS: The Ciry of Boulder and the Silver Lake Ditch have 3 contracts that govem the use of Silver Iake reservoir and its water supply end how the City can acquire shares. WHEREAS: In recent weeks City staff is rofusing to issue building pennits to some shareholders of the Ditch unless they relinquish their shares in retum for a check for 525. WHEREAS: The Ciry may be exposing itself to unnecessary and cosdy legal action as a result of its actions, which are in violation of the spirit and letter of the coniracts between the Ciry and the Silver Lake Ditch and Rescrvoir Company. WHEREAS: The City takes pains ta maintain every historical building, every historical window, yet the 117-year-old legacy of the Silver Lake Ditch is being dismantled without a second thought. WHEREAS: The way the Community benefits from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy makers, to the extent that actiona of City staff inembers are jeopardizing a significant asset. WHEREAS: Acrions by the City to force shareholders to rolinquish shares results in the dewatering of Boulder Crcek since this water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WHEREAS: The loss of shareholders decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WFIEREAS: The acquisition of Silver Lake shares is not ne.eded for the City's water system and was not contemplated per Utilities Planning Documents and the conservation savings that will be achieved through the new water rate structure. WHEREAS: The use of Silver Lake Ditch for irriga6on eliminates the nced for chemical treatment of water and the waste solids that are generated by Uu water treatrnent. WHEREAS: The Departrnents that are currenUy deciding the future of the Silver Lake ~itch are Planning and litilities. i nese depamaenta do riot rxeive any benefit from the Silver Lake Ditch. However, as outlined below, Parks and Recreation snd Open Space bene6t geatly from We Silver Lake Ditch yet have not been included in the decision- making process. THEREFORE: We the undersigned request that the Water Resour~es Advisory Board and City Council direct Planning and U6liries staff W place an immcdiate halt to the recent practice of the City's mfusing to issue building pemiits to Silver Laice Ditch shareholders unless they relinquish their weter rights for S25. The Water Reeources Advisory Board end City Councii should seek an independent legal review of its actions and convene a public procesa to discuss and evsluate the benefits and negative impacta to its cirizens end the naNral envimnment. We list below the benefits of the Silver Lake Ditch to Boulder citizens. Respxtfully, ' Names and signatures thet follow include members of the direct uaera' group, the twelve laterals or `neighborhoods' served by the Silvor Iske Ditch, es well as other concemed cidzens: lvame Address Jhareholder'! ~cQM t(.l~;G S ~~~0 T~~a~ y~eS v~,r~, r a,c- r c.r~ ,.~-~-~-~-` ~ 3o a a,,-~e IQd ~ e5 ~ wv ~~~' ._.. ~~ys- ~,~.,~.o ~ 7rs S 7 ~~, ~~ zZ ss ~~,,~~ a 12 ~e ~ ~} ev e a ~-~ ~~o~~~ Y~ L nn Thore m,~,~~-.e-~'e~ i{-350 Agct,`t-e ~. ~e.S ~L~ET~T R.Z~~Z.i`~-~~.zo ~L'? ~3e,~ ~'~4(~7e,~ 1P,A E3' L L E AR N?'C ~9 y o~ Ra ~-~ ~. ,;~. ~..0 0.S ~ 22q0 G~~. ~ r~(~ ~/ c~ ~ /t ~.. F. ~ ~ cYe; ~ ~~os z-a . ~lY9s j2uGYS~~. ~vo rvys~ ~GVe,'h ~ y o . Y ~-- GZ~ P.e~.,¢ S~, ~~`~`f.e~ ~ 1 , 23c~5 "T~ Z l7 ~ , GEJ /O ~~/t O Sf vC/i F/~S 2(~l~ C~GL ~~'- /~CU~ C/ ~/~~ L°S Lti)G ~,~~ S ~ G~ ~i z ~ ~r ~ 7'~ z /~~. ~c~l ~ , r/~G3~~ ~ ~~S fR:~ ae~ ) Sl~~rn~TZ .rn ?-~63 SwM~c i4vL 1 C ~ ~~ ~~l-~l-Z Z~l SS ~v^~.a ~ ,4,~ ~J~ ' ~j ' 2 1~ ~-~~ ~f llw(ui ~ ~~Z Jv ~ ~~^ ~ ~ ~ S as~9 ~Sc~mta.~ s~e l~S ~~ U Silver Lake Ditch Pet1t[on Petition of Silver Lake Ditch neighborhoods and concemed citizens WHEREAS: The Silver Lalce Ditch serves both the City and County aad is an asset that benefits both City and County residents and govemment. WHEREAS: the Silver I;ake Ditch is an iaeptaceable reaource that glso pmvides significant benefits to the community and natural enviromnent, as describod below. VVHEREAS: Shareholders maintain the Ditch and its laterals through volunteer labor of shareholdets. WHEREAS: In addidon to the direct users' group, itself a`neighborhood,' there are hvelve laterals or heighborhoods' served by the Ditch, which binds these neighborhoods together. The benefits resulting &om the active participadon of these aeighborhoods in the Ditch affects all of Boulder. WHEREAS: Members of the Silver Ialce Ditch and Reservoir Company own ehares which are tied to the land. WHEREAS: The City of Boulder and the Silver Lake Ditch have 3 coniracts that govem the use of Silver Lake reservoir and its water supply and how the City can acquire s6ares. WHEREAS: In recent weeks City staff is rofusing W issue building pcanits to some shareholders of the Ditch unless they relinquish their shares in retum for a check for 525. WHEREAS: The Ciry may be exposing itseif to unnecessary and costly legal acrioa as a result of its actions, which are in violation of the spirit and letter of the conhacts between the City end the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company. WHEREAS: The City takes pains to maintain every historical building, every historical window, yet the 117-year-old legacy of the Silver Lake Ditch is being dismanded without a second thought. WHEREAS: The way the Commiutity benefite from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy make~s, to the e~ctent that actions of City etaff inembers are jeopardizing a significant asset. WHEREAS: Actions by the City to force shareholders to relinquish shares results in the dewatering of Boulder Crcek since this water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WHEREAS: The loss of shareholders decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WHEREAS: The acquisition of Silver Lake shazes is not needed for the City's water system and was not contemplated per Udlities Planning Documcnts and the conservation savings that will be achievod through the new water iate stiucture. vVHEREAS: The use of Silver Lake Ditch for irriga6on eliminates the nced for chemical treatment of water and the waste solidg d~at are generated by the water treatment. VVHEREAS: The Departrnents that are currently dxiding the future of the Silver Lake Ditch are Planning and Utilities. These depar~ents do riot receive aay benefit from the Silver Lake Ditch. However, as outlined below, Psrks and Rareation and Open Space benefit greatly from the Silver Iake Ditch yet have not been included in the dxision- making process. THEREFORE: We the undersigned request that the Water Resour~es Advisory Board and City Council direct Plazming and Udlitiea ataff W place an immediate hait to the recent practice of We City's refusing to iasue building pe~mits to Silver Lalce Ditch shareholdecs unless they relinquish their water rights for 525. 'Ihe Water Reeources Advisory Board and City Council ahould sak sa independent legal review of its actions and convene a public process to diacuss and evaluate tt-e benefits and negative impacta to its citizens and the natwal environment. W e list below the benefits of the Silver Lake Ditch w Boulder citizens. Respectfully, ' Names and signatures that follow include members of the direct users' group, the twelve laterals or `noighborhoods' served by the Silver Lake Ditch, as well as other concemed citizens: Name Address Shareholder? ~o.a.,._c1.~.a rl oZ~ 3 ~~~1~ ~ GV ~L P 7 y G~.t- Gf ''~ ,~in~ ~8 ~~ 1~'• 7'io ~ ~,,,,, ~~ ~ -~ ~"-s t~ ho ~j~~~~~~~"~i-',~ 37.~31~i,r~~ ~'Io ~ ~55 ~ ~1~ ~~~~, ~ ~~ ' ~~2 7~ ~S~.ss~. ~ 21s ~.~,~ - !l~a,. ~ -~ ~~as ~, oxi ,2sos ~ D~c~ ~+~ S'D3o~ y~~ ~D ~[~it.~ eo~n~ e ~e~ ~1 QS~ T~az ,l~ r~ ve ~jau.l~e~~ Ce~ fb3d !/ e.s oLlviEk bRo~ssF ~459 ~(~By ~T ~ES ~ ~ a-saa `~~m- t~2 &~30 r~ « '~037 ~"~ S~ ~~.ar , CO 0 3 ~J ~~- ~~-- ~--- -TQk~ ( ~ EIMQIA ay~ro 2 ~-c ~o~ ~~ r, c o~ej3a1 y PS ~ ~~ 2(Zs ToPAZ ~~-cvE ~~ ~,~ ~.~ ~-~ ~s -~P~Z ~~,~E y~s ~,, "~l o.-.a~..~- `J<<,-=.' c~,._,~`O~ Z l5 '1 ~ p`~0.~ ~ ~- ~~ 2. S J~,~~f ~~,~~~~,~ ,s~ ; ~~ ~~ y~ . , ~ "{ 1 ~~ G~ L ~ ~e~ , - ~ ~ O j / ~iy+.GL ~~,,~y. _~ Silver Lake Ditch Petltion Petition of Silver Lake Ditch neighborhoods and concemed citizens: WHEREAS:1'he Silver Lake Ditch serves both the City and Cotmty and is an asset ffiat benefits both City end County residenta and government. WAEREAS: the Silver I:ake Ditch is an irrtplaceable resource that siso pmvides significant benefits to the community and natural enviroament, es described below. WHEREAS: Shareholders maintain the Ditch and its laterals through volunteer labor of shazeholders. WHEREAS: In addition to the direct users' group, itself a`neighbor6ood,' there are twelve laterals or'neighborhoods' served by the Ditch, which binds these neighboifioods together. The benefits resulting from the active participation of these neighborhoods in the Ditch affects all of Boulder. WHEREAS: Members of the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company own shares which are tied to the land. WHEREAS: The City of Boulder and the Silver Lake Ditch have 3 contracts that govem the use of Silver Lake reservoir and its water eupply and how the City can acquire shares. WHEREAS: In recent weeks City staff is refusing to issue building pernrits to some shareholders of the Ditch unlesa they relinquish their shares in retum for a check for 525. WHEREAS: The City may be exposing itself to unnecessary and costly legal action as a result of its actions, which are in violation of the spirit and letter of the contracts between the City and the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company. WIiEREAS: The City takes pains to maintain every historical bui]ding, every historical window, yet the 117-yearvold legacy of the Silver Lake Ditch is being dismanded without a second thought. WFIEREAS: The way the Community benefits from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy makers, to the extent that actions of City staff inembers are jeoparclizing a significant asset. WHEREAS: AcNons by the City to force shareholders to relinquish shsres results in the dewatering of Boulder Creek since this water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WIiEREAS: The loss of shareholders decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WFIEREAS: The acquisirion of Silver Lake shares is not needed for the City's water system and was not contemplated per Utilities Planning Documents and the conservation savings that will be achieved through the new water rate structure. WHEREAS: The use of Silver Lake Ditch for irrigation eliminates the nced for chemical matmcnt of water and the waste solid$ tl~at are gencrated by the water treatment. WHEREAS: The Departments tLat are currently deciding the future of the Silver Lake Ditch are Flanning and Utilities. These depathnents do not receive any benefit from the Silver Lake Ditch. However, as outlined below, Parks end Rxreation and Open Space benefit greatly &om the Silver Lake Ditch yet have not been included ia the decision- makiitg process. THEREFORE: We the undersi~ed request that the Water Resources Advisory Board and City Council direct Planning and Utiliries staff W place an immediate halt to the recent practice of the City's mfusing to issue building permita to Silver I.ake Ditch shareholdecs wileas they nlinquish their water rights for 525. The Water Reeources Advisory Board and City Council ahould seek an independent legal review of its actions and convene a public process to discuss and evaluate the bcnefits and negative impacta to its citizens and the natural enviro~ent. W e list below the benefits of the Silver Lake Ditch to Boulder citize~s. Respxtfully, ~ Names and signatures that follow include members of the direct users' group, the twelve laterals or `neighborhoods' served by the Silver Iske Ditch, as well as othar concemed ciHzens: Name Address Shareholder? ~, ~~ ~'~ ~s~ ~ 9~~~ ~. s~ No , I«,,.~~,h; S~~S ~ ~Z~r. ~~~a, N, , ~ ~-s~ ~ ~t/a ~, ~n,~~-~, ~~-~s~ ~~^~~~ P~ Nd ~~ ~~ ~~ /~ ~ ~~~~PN.GV-rozQ C.7"'~ 0 / I v ~ byy ~li/...¢ u 1~/ O . d ~ ~ ~ ~Y~g ~~ /,~.~ ~ Y~ ~~~ ~~~„ •~~~ ~Pf p,u~ I~11~' ~~ove .s-{ _ ~o ~ ~ / ~ C G~C~,~e~.~ 0 ~i'S~-~ ~•~P ~ /lf r2~ ~9u~(~lz~N~ lUo ~~ ~ ~ /~D ~Gf~, I 2$$Q 2lir Sf. ~owpG~(i~ O cc,J f~sux /.3Rih~-v $030~ iae~o s~~~ •w~ i.~~~rv o~fb ~~ \ ~ . M~ tr l qr 9 $~--, ~ ~~~ ud ~' 39 9 2~u.,,--~e.~--~- na '~ls~n ~1 C ~ L 1~°l t_or.~~s S~- ne ~ rn~ 1V O 5{~~p1.e,,, C(ai k io~ ~~5 a~,,,K ~~ Lr~,s wv I~ci, C~~ ~2`f P~e.~ ~~cx~ NO SG,t~ ~~ n I U S 3 p,~e. S~ .'~ ~ \~1 C) Sttver Lake L~tch Petltion Petition of Silver Lake Ditch neighborhoods and concerned citizens: WfIEREAS: The Silver Lake Ditch serves both the City end Coiu-ty and is an aaset that beneSts both City and County residmts and government. WHEREAS: the Silver I:ake Ditch is an irreplaceable nsource that also pmvides significant benefita to the community and natu:al environment, as deacribed below. WAEREAS: Shareholders maintain the Ditch and its laterals through volunteer labor of shareholdere. WIiEREAS: In addition to the direct usecs' group, itself a'neighborhood,' there are twelve laterals or'neighborhoods' served by the Ditch, w}uch binds these neighborhoods together. The benefits resulting from the acdve participa6on of these neighborhoods in the Ditch affects all of Boulder. WHEREAS: Members of the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company own ehares which are Hed to the land. WHEREAS: The City of Boulder and the Silver Lalce Ditch have 3 contracts that govem the use of Silver Lake reservoir and its water supply and how the City can acquire shares. WHEREAS: In recent weeks City staff is rofusing to issue building pernuts to some shareholders of the Ditch untess they nlinquish their shares in retum for e check for 525. WHEREAS: The Ciry may be exposing itself to unnxessary and costly legal action as a result of its actions, which are in violation of the spirit and letter of the contracts between the City and the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company. WHEREAS: The City takes pains to maintain every historical building, every historical window, yet the 117-year-old legacy of the Silver Lake Ditch is being dismantled without a sxond thought. WHEREAS: The way the Community benefits from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy make~s, to the extent that acdons of City staff inembers are jeopazdizing a significant esset. WHEREAS: Actions by the City to force shazeholders to relinquish shares results in the dewatering of Boulder Creek since this water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WHEREAS: The loss of shareholders decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WHEREAS: The acquisition of Silver Lake shares is not needed for the City's water system and was not contemplated per Udlities Planning Documents and the conservation savings that will be achieved througl~ the new water rate struchm. WIiEREAS: The use of Silver Lake Ditch for irrigation eliminates the nad for chemicsl lreatment of water and the waste solids that are gen~rated by the water tresUnmt. WHEREAS: The Departments that an cwrently dceiding the future of the Silver I.ake Ditch are Planning and Utilitiea. Thaae depactrc-enta do riot rxeive sny ben~St from the Silver Lake Ditch. Fiowover, as outlincd below, Parks and Recreation and Open Space benefit greatly &om the Silver Iske Ditch yet have not been included in the dxision- making process. THEREFORE: We the undersigned request that t6e Water Resources Advisory Board and City Council dircct Planning and Udlities staft'to place an immediate halt to the recent practice of the City's refusin8 to issue building pemtits to Silver Iske Ditch shareholdecs unless they relinquish their water rights for 525. The Water Reaources Adviaory Boerd and City Council should seek an independent legal review of its actions and convene a public process to discues and evaluate ttte benefits and negative impacta to its citizens and the natural envimnment. We list below the bencfits of the Silver Lake Ditch to Bouldor citizens. Respectfully, ' Naznes and signatures that follow include members of the direct users' group, the twelve laterals or `neighborhoods' served by the Silver Lake Ditch, as well as other concemed cidzens: Name Address Shareholder? l ~e%e~i . ~ss ,~p l~rv1~N ~ a {J~ h~t~~~.,,1 • ~r~ ' -~zo Vun~ Pw L ~ o~ ~1v ss e. s,~~~yo ~ ~.tio,~. ~~ 'a.v~ P~3o?~, p7z ~Fs e,y~-h u~m / ~i ~f.~.~2c.~ ,~, So3o~ y~ ,.,,,K'`~ "- ~ ~~ ~t. L.,.~c,ta.~ Pr„P ~~~°.i $'d"S ~ ~ 3~~~ ~'~ ~~ ~S' - ~~ =<, }~g. ~{~r ~ ~ C7a S~ Yri ~ Q. .~.~+-Q- ~ i.eQ.c,c ~ ~ U ~P (lrp ~,-~Y. s?~ i~~ss ~~~~ °~ ~1~~. ~o~ ~,~,~ a ~~ ~ ~/~ i hd+~ v ~~~ /0 ~~ l~~ `' C~(~e' N~ ~' °~14.J ~ ~ ~.~ ` ~ ,~ ~ ~~;~~. ~ y-~ ,~u d. ~'-/. /~~ri,,11.aG.._11 I I/No Li no(e a~t ~~e- ( r.o ~ ,~ ~ ~3 6 a ~ /-~r/w ~°/ 7~ ~ z.Z ~'UN~ ~ ~ 't ~Qr~AwI A ~.rl"T-~~' ~~~I~n~ C~ ~ ~ o~c.~s KK ~ lt~EO L~rv~~n~ Prv~ ~oc»~ CO 8010 `~S .or~,~R //5 ° ,~i~r,a~l~ G~ ~ y~ , o~~~ ~ ~ ~- ~~.,~ ~ ,~ o ~:~~~. ~~~. y e s ~ BO~ ~dea CO $o3a~ ~ P h i I C,t~ri S ~ ~ ( l°~ O ~.~na).pr~ f} ~ev~ v~„ l Q '~~5 ~ _ yt„_~ OvJc er, Co go3o ~iC C~[-c~' ,~ ~ // ? O L /wi?c.~.~ y~'` /`'' ~ ~c~., co ,o.rdy e.j-ff i paq ~~6~Lind~n,9~/e aoGtder co ~o3a~s y~S Silver Lake Ditch Petition Petition of Silver Lake Ditch neighborhoods and concerned citizens WI~REAS: The Silver Lalce Ditch serves both the City and County and is en asset that benefits both City and County residenta end government. WHEREAS: the Silver I;ake Ditch is an imp}aceable resource that also provides significant bene5ts to the community and natural environment, as described below. WHEREAS: Shareholders maintain the Ditch and its laterals through volunteer labor of shareholders. WHERE~VT: In addition to the direct users' group, itself a'neighborhood,' thece are twelve laterals dr'neighborhoods' served by the Ditch, wluch binde these neighborhoods together. The benefits resulting from the active participation of these neighborhoods in the Ditch affects all of Boutder. WHEREAS: Members of the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company own shares which are ried to the land. WHEREAS: The City of Boulder and the Silver Lake Ditch havo 3 contracts that govem the use of Silver I.ake reservou and its water supply end how the City can acqwre shares. WHEREAS: In recent weeks City staff is refusing to issue building petmits to some shareholders of the Ditch unless they rolinquieh their shares in retum for a chxk for 525. WHEREAS: The Ciry may be exposing itself to unnecessary and costly legal action as a result of its actions, which are in violarion of the spirit and letter of the coniracts between the City and the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company. WHEREAS: The City takes pains to maintain every historical building, every hisrorical window, yet the 117-year-old legacy of the Silver Iske Ditch is being dismantled without a second thought. WHEREAS: The way the Community benefits from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy makers, to the extent that acNons of Ciry staff inembers are jeopardizing a significant asset. WHEREAS: Actions by the City to force shareholders to relinquish shares results in the dewatering of Boulder Creek since this water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WHEREAS: The loss of shareholders decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WIiEREAS: The acquisition of Silver Lake shares is not naded for the City's water system and was not contemplated per Utilities Planning Documents and the conservation savings that will be achieved through the new watv rate struchue. WHEREAS: The use of Silver Lake Ditch for iaigation eliminates the nced for chemical treatment of water and the waste solids that are generated by the water treatrnmt. WHEREAS: The Depariments that are currently deciding the future of the Silver Lake Diich are Pleaning a.zd LT+a~~ti~. Ttex~. ~~rsrt:nent 3o r.at r~?~e a~v -,ye~_efiS fram the Silvet Lake Ditch. However, as outlincd below, Parks and Rxreation and Open Space benefit greatly from the Silver Lake Ditch yet have not been included in the deciaion malcing process.. THEREFORE: We the undersigned request that~t6e Water Resources Advisory Board and City Council direct Planning and U6Hdes staff to place an immediate helt to the recent pracrice of the City's refusing to issue building permits to Silver Lake Ditch shareholders unlees they relinquieh their water rights for 525. The Water Reeources Advisory Board end City Council should aeek an indapendent legal review of its actions and convcne a public proceas W diacuss and evaluate the bencfits and negative impacts to its citizens and the natural environment. We list below the benefits of the Silver Lake Ditch to Boulder cirizens. Respectfully, ' Naznes and signatures that follow include members of the d'uxt usecs' goup, the twelve laterals or `neighborhoods' served by the Silver Lalce Ditch, as well as other concemed cirizens: Name Address Shareholder? l~/E O.S 3 v v~tJ/~ ~~ ..1~u~s ' 473 --~~'N1 r~`-~ k~. `~~. ~ ~~- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~'~ ~ - ~s ~1~~~~ ~ao vu~,~ ~rx e5 `7 uv~i ~Y2. G U /~ t ,3 ,Q.,., . ~;Zl,~'~,~~}N:~c ~ ~7a ~Ty~ip~+ r a~< ~ fl~ ~~~ ~a ~ 1~ a ~c. 50 ~v ~~ N r P52., y`t~ 6G n~ r ~ a.K. ~ 1 b~u Yy ~ `~ ~- ~~ _~~~, L, l~0 ~ ,,,~r' .~-° ~3c~ ~' .~i . G~ V ~ ~.8~ ~~~ -~~ ~oo J~~~ P~r~ ~~S .~~ ll~torfce' ' ~c. .~5 , ~ ~ ~o k ~,`~ ~ , es Silver Lake Ditch Petition Petition of Silver Lake Ditch neighborhoods and concerned citizens W~~REAS: The Silver Lake Ditch serves both the City and County and is an asset that benefits both City and County residents and govemment. WHEREAS: the Silver L;ake Ditch is an irreplaceable resource that also pmvides significant benefits to the community snd natural enviromnent, as describod below. WHEREAS: Shareholders maintain the Ditch and its laterals through volunteer labor of shareholders. WHEREAS: In addidon to the direct users' group, itself a'neighborhood,' there are twelve latcrels or heighborhoods' served by the Ditch, which binds these neighborhoods together. The benefits msulting from the active participation of these neighborhoods in the Ditch affects all of Boulder. WHEREAS: Members of the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Compeny own shares which are ded to the land. WHEREAS: The City of Boulder and the Silver Lake Ditch have 3 contracts that govem the use of Silver Lake reservoir and its water supply and how the City can acquire shares. WHEREAS: In recent weeks City etaff is nfusing to issue building pemuts to some shareholders of the Ditch unless they relinquish theu shares in retum for a check for 525. WHEREAS: The City may be exposing itself to unnecessary and cosUy legal action as a result of its actions, which aze in vioiation of the spirit and letter of the contracte between the City and the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company. WHEREAS: The City takes pains to maintain every historical building, every historicat window, yet the 117-year-old legacy of the Silver I.ake Ditch is being dismantled without a sxond thought. WHEREAS: The way the Community benefits from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy maktrs, to the extent that actions of Ciry staff inembers aro jeopardizing a significant asset. WHEREAS: Actions by tha City to force shareholders to relinquish shazes results in the dewatering of Boulder Creek since this water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WHEREAS: The loss of shareholders decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WHEREAS: The acquisidon of Silver Lake shares is not naded for the City's water system and was not contemplated per Utilities Planning Documents and the conservation savings that will be achieved through the new water rate shucture. WIiEREAS: The use of Silver Lake Ditch for irrigadon eliminates the nad for chemical treatment of water and t6e waste aolidg that are generated by the wata treatmmt. WHEREA3: The Departrnents that are currently deciding the future of the Silver Lake Ditch aro Pl~r.ning ar.d Ur~~~~. Theee d~..~a~te a.o rot x~xeivs any benefit from the Silver I.ake Ditch. However, as outlined below, Parks and Recieation and Open Space benefit gresUy from the Silver Lake Ditch yet have not bcen included in the decision- making process. THEREFORE: We the undeisigned request that the Water Resources Advieory Baard and City Council direct Plazming and Utilides staff W place an immedisu halt to the recent practice of the City's refusing to isauo building pemiits to Silver Lalce Ditch shareholdecs unless they ro1u-quis2- theiT watcr rights for 525. The Water Resourcea Advisory Board and City Council should seek an independent legel review of its actions and convene a public process W discuss and evaluate the benefits and negative impacts to its cirizens and the natural environment. W e list below the benefits of the Silver Lake Ditch to Boulder citizens. Respectfully, ' Names and signatures that follow include members of the direct usecs' group, the twelve Iaterals or `neighborhoods' served by the Silver Lake Ditch, as well as other concerncd citizens: Name Address Shareholder? W~.ti \= t-s,-,1C1.'.~ ~~'r. ~ - y 3~Cl 13~ ~-~~-~ Q~,R,~.~--, ce~ 8 0 3 o y y i s s ~i AM,,,-e ~ .e~~~~- ~'3-8a ~~'~- ~'0 ~o ~o y ti ~' ~~• ~ ~ y39c.~~-~.sf ~.t~,~ C~ s~3Jy `~~s ~F~; aus ;a~n 6L~.~,1 <<'~,. 43'fo 131~ SE. 1w K(~Ce r . 80 3 0 4 Yv . ~o~s t,~o~l ~'1~.Q,,.~-- aot3s Cst~+-woo~~..8~30~ (la..o 1 V~.p~u-...d,~ ~~e,S v v~cs~ ~r.~-~.-^(~ ~~..~.~ ~ 3 15 ~ o..~._ 0..~c-ae~L ~. 1'~~,~-~-- 80 3 u~l ~ es l~~c~~ .tXX+~ ~~C~.c+.~_ @~ 1CN ~-yU~~.`~~V-\p36v`~t~-~ I~ 0.~~-~{.RM~ O~~ ~ 0 e~Csn-at~+ O~ S L~~ ~~.w~ `D Y~. ~""'"`._ ~av~ ~O."~'~' lb-a~'~~`~^^'~' ~~°~-. B~Sl~"~-~O ~~ p~ $~ (~ Wp..w.... Qv-6-...+Zcw ~, V~d.~R_ U3U $~A.r\-~S ~~ t-%..~~ ~.p~ ~ 0.+n F~+'~ ( 0~TU 7-~p u p Y ~r ,o~ . l. ....u ~'4,Q9~~_~~~..~`~~:~~ Q1~.,.~ -S3~ 3 ~~ ~~..~-.R weA~ Lf~ qy~ol ~~~p ~~D ~-w.~,.,,;~s ~8.....-.,-a.~r- ~~.....~._ l S 3~ 3 S~C' ~,-e~ 5~ ~ a- , c-re q ~I ~ ~ - ~- P~,~s,r~"'~r-,,,. ~cv ~ s ~l, ~; ~n-- B't~."„~ -s 3 ~ a ~t~ 5~`"`'(~ ~.,F a~-~ C--~r ~t~l °l o~ p,~U~~ ~.. S ~-.~ C~-~r~-S~,~~.wv-~e.sso.,...o .~..A..a..~. \S ~5 ~~- q~t,dx,.,-- ~ 3 a l~ tv o s~. ~.VJ ~~ P~~ / ~s ~.,..-0 ~, ~°~ v~~G ~~-. ~,~-- ~ 3 ° ~1 Y G S P e~_ ~~ ~~~-- ~~~ u V~ ~,a~,...,.~.~- ~w.-- ~( D 3 0~I Y 1~ S ~.e.~._ N s~c~` ~,..,~ 1~ 1 u V-vr~C, ~-v~-- ~N- 80 3 6'-I ~ ~ S ~ ~..- ~' ~..~ (aY^^".~- 1 ~ ~u v a.P4~X ~„~.,~ ~ o.~-~v~,-- 8U 3 v LI ~~S Siiver Lake Ditch Petition Petition of Silver Lake Ditch neighborhoods and concemed citizens: WEIEREAS: The Silver Lake Ditch serves both the City and County and is an asset that bene5ts both Ciry and County residmts and govemment. WHEREAS: the Silver I:ake Ditch is an imeptaceable resource that also pmvides significant benefits to the communiry and natural environment, as described below. WHEREAS: Shazeholders maintain the Ditch and its laterala through volunteer labor of shareholders. WHEREAS: In addition to the direct users' group, itself a`neighborhood,' there are twelve laterals or heighborhoods' served by the Ditch, which binds these neighborhoods together. The benefits resulting ~om the acdve participation of these neighborhoods in the Ditch affects all of Boulder. WHEREAS: Members of the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservo'u Company own shams which are ried co the land. WHEREAS: The City of Boulder and the Silver Lake Ditch have 3 contracts that govem the use of Silver Lake reservoir and its water supply and how the City can acquire shares. W~iEREAS: In recent weeks City staff is refusing to issue building pernrits to some shareholders of the Ditch unless they relinquish their shares in return for a chcek for $25. WHEREAS: The Ciry may be exposing itself to unnecessary and cosdy legal action as a result of its actions, which are in violation of the spirit and letter of the contracts between the City and the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Company. WI~IEREAS: The City takes pains to maintain every historical building, every historical window, .yet the 117-year-old legacy of the Silver Lake Ditch is being dismantled without a second thought. WHEREAS: The way the Community benefits from the Ditch is not being examined by City policy makers, to the extent that acdons of City staff inembers are jeopardizing a significant asset. WHEREAS: Actions by the City to force shareholders to relinquish shares results in the dewatering of Boulder Creek since this water would not flow down Boulder Creek to the Ditch headgate. WHEREAS: The loss of shazeholders decreases the volunteer labor pool that maintains the ditch. WFIEREAS: The acquisition of Silvet Lake shazes is not needed for the City's water system and was not contemplated per Utilities Planning Documents and the conservation savings that will be achieved through the new water rate structure. WHEREAS: The use of Silver Lake Ditch for irrigarion eliminates the nced for chemical treatment of water and the waste solidg that are.generated by the watcr treatmeat. WHEREAS: The Departrnents that are currently deciding the future of the Silva I.ake uitC+i B~~ i~oiu'aii.b SAu TJ~3~i'tlo.3. i~:iC:: iiCSBia~IPCUii: i3 TiOI ~i':3 8Il~ tv"?ZEZ ~6III ~:0 Silver Lake Ditch. However, as outlined below, Parks and Ra~reation and Open Space benefit greatly from the Silver Lake Diich yet have not been included in the decision- making process. T~IEREFORE: We the undersigned request that the Water Resources Advisory Board and City Council direct Planning and Utilities ataff to place an immediate halt w the recent practice of the City's refusing to issue building pennits to Silver Lake Ditch shareholdecs unleas they relinquiah their water rights for 525. The Water Reeources Advisory Board and City Council should seek an indapendent legal review of its actions and convene a public process to discuss and evaluate the benefita end negative impacts to its citizens and the natural envim~ent. We list below the benefits of the Silver Lake Ditch to Bouldcr citizens. Respectfuily, ' Names and signatures that follow include members of the direct useis' group, the twelve laterals or `neighborhoods' served by the Silver Lake Ditch, as well as other concemed ciNzens: / '~ ~ ~ Macon Cowles 5uggested language for BVCP Policies ~~tl.l,CM ~ ~J ~ ~~' ~~- ~ ~ ~,~- (:~vt~-v~ . ~(.~•~ - In~ ~ p. 9 Social Sustainability: In place of laat phrase, aubstitute this: "We wlll foster the development of places and polidea that demonstra.te the fact that we care about all our people. (p. 18 We also recognize that the scale of the economy and the built ~'~ ~ ~ p,rc.Q 1 environment in Boulder have adveree impacta on natural systems ~ o~ J~'.~ ` ~ b e y ond the boulder Vall e y. and we will t ry to reduce those impacta. (, - ~'lfi p. IS Bullet 1: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the Boulder Valley populatton below the levels of 1990. Also add this bullet on p. 18: "Respect the spirlt and heritage of the N`irst People in the Boulder Valley.