Thursday, June 19, 2014

West Salt Creek Landslide Update- June 19, 2014

Update - Activities as of June 19, 2014 - West Salt Creek Landslide

Below is a summary of the monitoring and operation activities that may be different, or which have occurred since our last update June 12, 2014.

Involved entities: Work and monitoring continues by experts from Mesa County Public Works, Mesa County Emergency Management, the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Colorado Geological Survey (CGS).

Operational status: The landslide area, located approximately six miles from the Town of Collbran, remains closed to the public. The upper half of the slide area is on USFS land – access to the Forest in this area remains closed. The lower half of the slide area is Private Property. Please do not trespass on private property, and please respect closure of USFS access. This area remains critical while snow melt continues (estimated through early July).

Monitoring devices: Eight monitoring devices are relaying data. Devices in place to monitor the area are: two cameras, two GPS, stream gauge, pressure transducer, and two rain gauges, with visual monitoring by crews in the area.

Data processing and expert review:
· “Sag Pond”- the water monitoring device installed June 9 (pressure transducer) in this pond (located at the top of the slide area) is sending data. The data may be viewed at USGS Water Resources, National Water Information System web interface:

· Topographic data – raw LiDAR data was received by CGS on June 17, and is being processed. It is anticipated that this information will be provided to Mesa County next week, as estimated. After the data is received, Mesa County GIS builds elevation models.

Advisory Group: An advisory group of local interests impacted by the slide met June 9 and June 17, to discuss and address concerns related to private property irrigation, fences, access, energy and related questions.

Information: Media updates on this topic will be provided less frequently, unless conditions require more frequent updates. Next media update is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014.

Please see Mesa County government Facebook and twitter pages for updates. Additionally, information links relating to the landslide may be found at For all media related inquiries, please contact Mesa County Administration, 970-244-1885, or email Thank you.

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