Antero Reservoir won't be drained after all

Popular spot for trout fishing to remain open

DENVER - Colorado's largest water utility says it won't have to drain Antero Reservoir after all because of all the snow that has fallen this April.

Denver Water had planned to drain the reservoir to move its water and store it in other reservoirs during the ongoing drought because Antero Reservoir has the highest evaporation rate of any of Denver Water’s reservoirs, said Dave Bennett, water resource manager for Denver Water.

Bennett said draining and storing the water in Cheesman and Eleven Mile reservoirs would reduce system evaporation losses by about 4,000 acre-feet.

However, Bennett said Wednesday that while customers still need to save water as the drought continues, the recent snow has helped with water supplies. He says if Antero Reservoir had been drained, it would have taken about three years to refill.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was going to allow anglers to catch more fish during the draining process, but has now reinstated the regular bag and possession limit of two trout per person.

Antero Reservoir was also taken out of service to assist with water management during the 2002 drought.

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