Friday, August 2, 2019

This Week in Pics

Acting Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier is a licensed engineer and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado. Pete has worked as a development engineer, engineering director and public works director during his 23-year tenure with Mesa County. Pete is looking forward to continuing to work with the community.

A sign at the Intermountain Veterans Memorial Park on Orchard Mesa (2785 U.S. Highway 50) welcomes visitors and pets with a friendly reminder of rules of conduct and regulations to abide by while enjoying the grounds.

Carrie Gudorf, Regulatory Programs Manager, welcomes 5-2-1 Drainage District members to the Intermountain Veterans Memorial Park to share with them a Mesa County drainage project that incorporates multiuse facets for the benefit of outdoor recreation. 

5-2-1 Drainage District representatives tour the Intermountain Veterans Memorial Park to learn more about the drainage project, which is incorporated into the park.

The Intermountain Veterans Memorial Park features a 30.2 acre-foot detention pond to increase the capacity of the Orchard Mesa drain system. The system was initially built and sized for agricultural tailwater drainage and is now undersized due to development in the area. Part of the detention pond includes the enhancement of a wetlands area.
The visually appealing drainage project integrates form and function to deliver better service mixed with outdoor recreation opportunities for residents.

The views from the Palisade Plunge will feature diverse terrain. A portion of the Whitewater Creek will cross part of the trail.
A Palisade Plunge crew is working from the southern side of the City of Grand Junction's gate to rough cut the trail toward Cliff Lake. Approximately 2,700-feet has been cut and cleared so far. Another crew is working on the opposite side to expedite the process.
Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf leads 5-2-1 Drainage members and City of Grand Junction and Town of Palisade officials on a tour of the Bosely Wash Detention Pond project. Detention ponds are more common in the arid West and serve as flood control structures. They are typically dry except during or after rain or snowmelt.

The Bosley Wash Detention Pond project is located north of I-70 and east of the Clifton interchange around 34 Road, west of Mount Garfield. The purpose of the detention pond is to slow down water flow and hold it for a short period of time to avoid flooding that can overtop onto I-70. The emergency spillway (pictured above) will help settle stormwater particles and reduce peak flows for additional safety during flood events.

The Bosley Wash Detention Pond project was implemented to stop flooding occurring both upstream and downstream of I-70. In 2006, heavy rains caused severe flooding, which overtopped the freeway resulting in a fatality. 

Wildflowers are in full bloom near the Bosely Wash Detention Pond. Bosley Wash is a mixed desert and agricultural watershed located northeast of Grand Junction.
Before the Bosley Wash Detention Pond was built, stormwater originating from Bosley Wash would flow through residential, commercial, and agricultural areas, which caused flooding and severe property damage. The wash extends from the rim of the Book Cliffs south to the Colorado River. 
Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf talks about the consistency of the ground, which is clay-like and does not absorb water. Detention ponds usually hold stormwater long enough to settle sands and larger silt particles. Fine silts and clays will not have a chance to settle and will continue down the watercourse.
The barren desert floor near the base of Mount Garfield waits for the rain. Mount Garfield is the high point of the Book Cliffs, north of Grand Junction, and overlooking the town of Palisade. Two classic hiking trails ascend the mountain. The mountain was named after President James Garfield a year after Garfield's death.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Mesa County educating folks about enrollment and the benefits of breastfeeding during the Market on Main as part of World Breastfeeding Week.
Congratulations, Mesa County Coroner Victor Yahn and family on your new bundle of joy! Brody Yahn was born today, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at 12:28 a.m.
The Clerk and Recorder's Office staff represent their favorite football teams! From left to right: Sabrina Roberts, Vicky Chambers, Matt Vigil, Christina Pierce, Karin Vanderminden, Windy Aitkens and Kelli Jessop.
Go Broncos!

Residents are invited to an open house, which includes a complimentary taco bar, to learn more about the E Road Improvements project (Phase 2A: 31 Road to Agape Way). A postcard will soon be sent out to all landowners affected or living within one mile of the proposed project location. The open house will be hosted at the Pear Park Baptist Church, 3102 E Road, on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m.
National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Kimwood Park, 3240 White Ave. in Clifton.

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