by Caitlin Dunn
HUERFANO — Two stream gages that allow the Division of Water Resources to measure flows in the Cucharas River were repaired last week by Chaparral Construction, with oversight by DWR.
The gages are part of a satellite monitoring system with stations at Badito on the Huerfano River and Boyd Ranch and Harrison Bridge on the Cucharas. They were damaged during the widespread flooding that took place in August, 2017 after record-setting rainfall in the area.
The gage repair project involved installing cross-vane weirs of large boulders to direct the stream flow toward the center of the channel.
Funding for the repairs was provided by the Colorado Water Conservation Board as a contract-add to an existing grant administered by the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District to improve water infrastructure on both rivers in Huerfano County.