Flying Field Condition Updates
James and went out to the access road this morning to take a closer look at the situation. While we were there, we had some light rain and within a very short time, less than it took my fleece jacket to get wet through, we had a lot of water running off the hills to the east of the access road. Within maybe 20 minutes or less, our special little pond there had risen maybe 2 inches and expanded quite a bit. We are getting water running onto the road from up to 6 drainages, including the road itself. Until the water gets backed up quite a bit, it does not drain into the canal. As it stands right now, it is clear that a culvert will not help us, especially when we need to stay within our BLM right-of-way boundary. As a result of mud washing down from the east, the ground on the east side of the road (uphill) is the same height as the road itself, and a spoil pile on the west side, from the water users cleaning out the Selig Canal, is acting as a dam to keep the water trapped on the road. That dam is outside of our right-of-way, but on the one the water users have. No matter how you look at this, the level of the road where the water ponds will have to be raised. Anyone know of a good cheap (free) source of fill material? If we can bring the driving surface up then we can instal a culvert and it will work. The first order of business will be a chat with the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users. I no longer have any contacts there, so if anyone in our outfit does, please let me know and we can talk to them together or you can take the lead. O' when the water level on the road gets high enough it is running north to the canal, where it is undermining the canal bank. It looks close to failing at this point.
Thermals---I need thermals!