Update February 10, 2023: Sweewater Water Authority General Manager Carlos Quintero has sent ECM a letter disputing some points raised by public speakers quoted in this article. You can read Quintero's remarks, Walsh's rebuttal, and additional information on concerns over safety of the district's dams in our newest article at this link.
Update January 25, 2023 at 6 p.m.: Sweetwater Water Authority has advised ECM late today that it has reopened its meetings for the public to attend in-person, will update its website to provide more information on its January 11 meeting, has enhanced audio of the January 11 meeting, and provided insurance valuation on the damaged dock.
By Miriam Raftery
January 25, 2023 (Alpine) – When Sweetwater Water Authority authorized draining Loveland Reservoir down to minimum pool and then in November, dead pool status over public objections, it left an L-shaped floating fishing dock paid for by taxpayers through a federal HUD grant perched on dry land.
Then came the deluge of rainfall in mid-January, which ripped apart the fishing dock.