Setting aside the heated politics of moving resources from one basin to another, the conveyance of water under the Continental Divide is an engineering triumph, and in one case, for a couple living isolated in a high mountain valley, it's a "pipe dream" come true. Share. Pipe Dream: One Couple’s Ideal Job of Moving Water Under Mountains. 1, is in the area of State Highway 82 near Independence Pass. And frankly, they joke, if they did ever have a spat and threaten to storm out, they'd have to wait two hours for the tunnel to drain. Masthead photo: Jamie Sudler, H2O Media, Ltd. Going east you can see the "light" at … In the 40s the area became a ritual magnet, bringing in a group of occultists (spearheaded by L. Ron Hubbard and some early disciples of Aleister Crowley) who attempted to … Before the Schryvers left home this morning they had to close a gate to stop water from flowing through the tunnel—an idiosyncrasy of their lifestyle that we're about to experience firsthand as we climb into their car to make the return trip. Grizzly Reservoir after being emptied in August 2015. 1 in 1934. 1 … Every so often a big splash of water will smack the windshield from inlets in the ceiling that relieve pressure from springs up above. 2 Mount Elbert Forebay. Flows at 11:45 a.m. Monday in Lincoln Creek below Grizzly Reservoir, where the tunnel begins on the Western Slope, were at 187 cfs. To construct the closest thing northern Delaware has to a lake, the city had to clear a one and three-quarter mile site, construct a 400-foot long dam and design and build a new pumping station and an underground force main tunnel to move water between the Brandywine River, a filter plant and the reservoir. © 2020 H2O Media, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. An Astounding Hike, But Leave Early. Kim says that by the time two hours would be up "you'd done forget what you were even leaving for. It’s not that long before we see what we hope might be the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel," but it turns out to be a reflection of our headlights on one of the three tunnel gates, which allows water in from the reservoir. Glenn and Kim are the caretakers of Grizzly Reservoir, just east of Aspen, and the tunnel is, for many months of the year, their only link to civilization. The caretakers live in a remote home next to the reservoir, and drive through the narrow four mile-long tunnel, when it has low water, to get to Leadville. This is the Twin Lakes Tunnel, which begins on the west side of the Divide at the Grizzly Reservoir and dam. Please help to keep us on the beat. Browse our easy-to-use and up-to-date parts catalogue to find all the Yamaha parts you’ll ever need. In the late 1970s, municipalities were looking for water, so now the cities of Colorado Springs, Aurora, and Pueblo own most of the rights. It is, of course, completely dark in the tunnel if Glenn were to turn off his lights, which we've been warned he does to humor nervous visitors. Portal Campground from Mapcarta, the free map. Two miles south of Independence Pass, another water tunnel sneaks invisibly under the Continental Divide. This is the Twin Lakes Tunnel, which begins on the west side of the Divide at the Grizzly Reservoir and dam. They clearly love each other’s company and the beautiful setting that they share. 1 is at the Grizzly Reservoir. Designer6905 wrote a review Oct 2016. Kim asks if we're nervous and Glenn reassures us that it's a "walk in the park." The tunnel runs from what today is Grizzly Reservoir on the west side of the Continental Divide to North Fork Lake Creek on the east side. Other articles: • CO-82: at Graham Gl; It will be a drive under a mountain that will take nearly 15 minutes to complete. The west portal or inlet of Tunnel No. Going east … This tunnel, *826 called Tunnel No. The dam was built in the 1920s and named Devil's Gate because of the rock formation's resemblance to Satan. Grizzly Reservoir and Twin Lakes Tunnel West Portal, Colorado [show on map] Two miles south of Independence Pass, another water tunnel sneaks invisibly under the Continental Divide. When they first took the job in 2008, they used to go every day to drive their son to school. Glenn says it was built by unemployed mineworkers and was an engineering triumph because they blasted it out from both sides, and when they met in the middle, they were only nine inches off from each other. The lake collects water from several creeks in the 54-square-mile watershed. Glenn makes a hard left up a ramp and pushes a button to open his "garage door." From the reservoir a tunnel carries the water under the Continental Divide to the Twin Lakes Reservoir. When the gates are open, water will rush east through the tunnel to Twin Lakes Reservoir. 1, is in the area of State Highway 82 near Independence Pass. The route outside the tunnel was snowed shut during the first week of March, when the Schryvers recorded 71 inches of snowfall at Grizzly Reservoir. This reservoir was created by a dam across Lincoln Gulch, a short distance downstream from a point at which Grizzly … Only, if you lived next-door to them, your driveway would be four miles long through a narrow tunnel barely wide enough to fit a car—and one that actively carries water. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Citizen's Guide to Colorado's Transbasin Diversions. Other articles: • CO-82: at Graham Gl; Explore Grizzly Dome Tunnel in Cresta, CA as it appears on Google Maps as well as pictures, stories and other notable nearby locations on VirtualGlobetrotting.com. Despite advances in tunnel engineering and construction technology, hydraulic performance data for TBM driven tunnels remains relatively unavailable. Learn more. Aspen, Colorado 121 contributions 34 helpful votes. 1, was completed in February 1937. The tunnel runs from what today is Grizzly Reservoir on the west side of the Continental Divide to North Fork Lake Creek on the east side. From the reservoir a tunnel carries the water under the Continental Divide to the Twin Lakes Reservoir. Despite advances in tunnel engineering and construction technology, hydraulic performance data for TBM driven tunnels remains relatively unavailable. The tunnel is part of the Independence Pass Transmountain Water Diversion System and is still owned and operated by the Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Co., based in Ordway. The H2O Radio VISION H2O Radio returned with Glenn and Kim Schryver, the caretakers of Grizzly Reservoir, back through the Twin Lakes Tunnel toward Twin Lakes, Colorado. They'll put those into use in the spring clearing roads that will be likely under snowdrifts at least nine feet deep. They're also responsible for charting how water is moving through the system. The tunnel was bored during the first phase of the Independence Pass Transmountain Diversion Project. Like this story? This story is available for download at PRX.org and Audioport.org. The Twin Lakes Diversion moves water from the Roaring Fork River, Lost Man Creek, Lincoln Creek, Brooklyn Creek, Tabor Creek, New York Creek and Grizzly Creek through the Twin Lakes Tunnel to Twin Lakes Reservoir, in the Arkansas River watershed. Enjoy!! On Tuesday, the Twin Lakes Tunnel, which begins at Grizzly Reservoir on Lincoln Creek, was opened back up and about 200 cubic feet per second began flowing east, primarily from Lincoln Creek and the creeks in Brooklyn, New York, and Tabor gulches. 2, which runs for 9,300 feet under Green Mountain and transports water from Lost Man Creek and the Roaring Fork River to Grizzly Reservoir and Tunnel No. 10,541′ – Lost Man Tunnel at Grizzly Reservoir 10,266′ – Homestake Tunnel Concrete Lining 4,953′ – Pipeline Laterals for the Bureau of Reclamation 11,360′ – … This tunnel, *826 called Tunnel No. The water is accumulated in Grizzly Reservoir and then transported east through the Twin Lakes Reservoir Tunnel to the North Fork Lake Creek at Graham Gulch above Twin Lake Reservoir. When Glenn is in the dozer, she's cleaning up behind him pushing snow off the sides of the mountain. Reach a junction with the aqueduct access road, an ugly scar in the valley, at 1.0 mile. Grizzly Reservoir and Twin Lakes Tunnel West Portal, Colorado, All work on this site is licensed under an, Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Creative Commons License. The dam was built in the 1920s and named Devil's Gate because of the rock formation's resemblance to Satan. • Water is conveyed from Lower Bucks Lake to the Grizzly Powerhouse and then discharged into Grizzly Forebay. The simplicity yet sophistication of the system is impressive, and Glenn thinks it would be good if folks on the Front Range could see what it takes to deliver their water. Read more. It’s a long way around, otherwise, especially when Independence Pass and the surrounding area is snowed in for the winter. Glenn agrees and notes that "It's about four miles long, straight as a gun barrel.". THE CENTER FOR LAND USE INTERPRETATIONdedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about how the nation's lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Those creeks are funneled into systems that each have culverts, spillways, and gates of their own, and it's the Schryvers' job to keep them flowing. Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Co. owns and manages the dam and reservoir. Grizzly Reservoir, located about 8 miles up Lincoln Creek Road near the Continental Divide, is a component of the transbasin-diversion system. Kim reviews logs every two hours and notes the water amount. The H2O Radio MISSIONCreate programs that generate conversations about local, regional, and global water issues; educate about water efficiency and water quality protection; and inspire audiences to engage around sustainable solutions. This tunnel runs from Grizzly Reservoir, under the mountains to just below the closure gate on the Twin Lakes side of Independence Pass. Only 5 percent of the water is still sent to Ordway, where farmers originally schemed to build the tunnel, says Glenn. H2O Radio returned with Glenn and Kim Schryver, the caretakers of Grizzly Reservoir, back through the Twin Lakes Tunnel toward Twin Lakes, Colorado. It cannot be broadcast or reproduced without the permission of H2O Media, Ltd. A map of transmountain diversions is available on the Colorado Division of Water Resources' web page. Date of experience: June 2018. Being up high on a loader she can see over the cliff and laughs, that "it’s the time when she gets caught up on her prayers. You can see where the water comes in from the Tunnel 2 at the left of the dam Instead, they drive through the 3.8-mile water diversion tunnel that bores underneath the Continental Divide and hooks into Highway 82 on the Twin Lakes side. But their garage door doesn’t open into a garage. At the Grizzly Powerhouse Project, the TBM driven water conveyance tunnel was designed using friction coefficients developed from … Grizzly Creek flows into Grizzly Reservoir, built in the 1930s and primarily serves as the fore bay to the tunnel that Twin Lakes uses to divert water under the Continental Divide. Glenn says it was built by unemployed mineworkers and was an engineering triumph because they blasted it out from both sides, and when they met in the middle, they were only nine inches off from each other. Designer6905 wrote a review Oct 2016. Read more. In the 40s the area became a ritual magnet, bringing in a group of occultists (spearheaded by L. Ron Hubbard and some early disciples of Aleister Crowley) who attempted to … Fall is when they do much of their maintenance and repair work, which can range from cleaning out diversions and canals, to grading the 25 miles of road like the one we're driving on now as they give us a tour of the different diversions. It's also a crucial linchpin in a very complex plumbing system of ditches, canals, and storage that transports water west of Colorado’s Continental Divide east to thirsty cities along the Front Range. You have to drive through a 3.8-mile tunnel underground (large enough to fit only a mid-sized pickup truck). From there it flows into the Arkansas River and eventually to faucets some 150 miles away. We've parked on the side of the creek and we're staring intently at the entrance to the tunnel that has a "No Trespassing" sign and a metal gate to keep the curious away. Courtesy photo: / Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Co. A view of the recently drained Grizzly Reservoir. This tunnel, *826 called Tunnel No. 💧. This is the Twin Lakes Tunnel, which begins on the west side of the Divide at the Grizzly Reservoir and dam. • Grizzly Forebay, with gross storage of 1,112 ac-ft, also impounds Grizzly Creek before the water is diverted into the Grizzly Forebay Tunnel (maximum flow capacity of 400 cfs) , which discharges into Bucks Powerhouse. In late June we had fields of wildflowers all the way to the top. Our journalism on water and the environment is made possible because of your generous support. Share. For Kim, this is a part of their gig that's not her favorite. She admits that the scariest part of the job for her is when they plow out in the first part of May. . Grizzly Reservoir Dam is a dam in Colorado and has an elevation of 10,541 feet. Eventually the snow will start to fly and they'll switch to their winter routine, which is a bit more relaxed. Aspen, CO – Reservior. We daylight into a setting of pure Colorado mountain beauty. At the Grizzly Powerhouse Project, the TBM driven water conveyance tunnel was designed using friction coefficients developed from … Since April, the Schryvers have lived at Grizzly Reservoir, TK miles up the Lincoln Creek drainage east of Aspen, and the tunnel, buried under Independence Pass, runs from their home to Twin Lakes. We're about 20 feet below the top of the water level at this point. An Astounding Hike, But Leave Early. It's so straight that when I ask if he could take his hands off the steering wheel, Glenn says he can because there are driving shelves on the side and a trough in the middle, so it keeps the car centered in the pipe. This Colorado fresh water reservoir is a popular angling destination for catching Please remember that only watercraft are permitted on the Reservoir. The project currently diverts 38,000 acre feet of water but has water rights to divert as much as 46,000 acre feet, annually. Instead, it reveals a round, dark, dripping ” and sometimes foggy ” 4-mile tunnel. In May and June it's pretty much impossible to drive through the tunnel because there's so much water they can’t shut it off. Glenn and Kim Schryver are the caretakers of Grizzly Reservoir, just east of Aspen. Published: Nov. 13, 2017© Copyright H2O Media, LTD. The tunnel is actually a 9-1/2-foot-diameter concrete pipe built in the 1930s and paid for by farmers from the town of Ordway, on the southeast plains of Colorado. 1 is at the Grizzly Reservoir. Concurrently, the farmers submitted more plans to the RFC to build the second tunnel from Lost Man and the main stem of the Roaring Fork to Grizzly Reservoir, which would nearly double the … This reservoir was created by a dam across Lincoln Gulch, a short distance downstream from a point at which Grizzly … Then about 200 acre-feet of water remaining in the reservoir was sent through the tunnel. Grizzly Lake is glorious. Since then, the system has diverted up to 65,535 acre-feet in a single year. Twin Lakes Reservoir Tunnel No. It’s normally filled with water from the Roaring Fork watershed, but that water is owned by municipalities on the eastern slope. On the south, water is gathered from New York Creek, Brooklyn Gulch and Tabor Creek, plus Lincoln Creek. Learn more. 1 is at the Grizzly Reservoir. The water is accumulated in Grizzly Reservoir and then transported east through the Twin Lakes Reservoir Tunnel to the North Fork Lake Creek at Graham Gulch above Twin Lake Reservoir. Raise awareness about threats to water supplies in order to protect this most vital resource on which all life depends. The west portal or inlet of Tunnel No. Portal Campground is a campsite in Colorado. Tunnel inlet after breaking through into the reservoir, but before shaping up and installing the grizzly. The Schryvers travel through the tunnel about once a week to get their mail and groceries. In fact, we've met them in their "busy season." The trail climbs 365' in just .45 miles, then moderates for 1.7 miles through a broad, open valley cut by Grizzky Creek Grizzly Lake is glorious. Aspen, Colorado 121 contributions 34 helpful votes. Helpful. They have to show due diligence on the water, proving what's coming in and where it's going, as well as how it's being used. The fire appeared slow moving, and it did not appear to have fully eclipsed Grizzly Dome Tunnel on Highway 70 as observed by a photographer from this newspaper. It’s all gravity-flow. Inflows to Grizzly Reservoir from Lost Man Creek; the Roaring Fork River; and Tabor, Brooklyn and New York creeks were re-directed out of their diversion canals and back into natural stream channels. In response, levels in the Roaring Fork River near Aspen fell sharply. The caretakers live in a remote home next to the reservoir, and drive through the narrow four-mile long tunnel, when it has low water, to get to Leadville. 1, is in the area of State Highway 82 near Independence Pass. Temperatures on the reservoir today are expected to reach 30°, A 10 percent chance of snow showers after 5pm. . A tunnel underneath the reservoir channels water underneath the mountain to the south fork of Lake Creek in … We more expect to see a boat emerge than a car, but after a few minutes, we hear splashing sounds getting louder and louder until, finally, we see headlights, and then a Honda appears from the opening. Enjoy!! Grizzly Reservoir Dam from Mapcarta, the free map. This reservoir was created by a dam across Lincoln Gulch, a short distance downstream from a point at which Grizzly … Driving in it, it becomes immediately apparent that the tunnel is, in fact, a concrete pipe. An electric-powered muck train leaves Tunnel No. Operators are now cutting a drainage channel to divert the flows of Grizzly and Lincoln creeks directly into a diversion tunnel so they can inspect the damaged outlet works on the dam. The kind of people you’d love to have as neighbors—considerate, handy, friendly, and funny. In late June we had fields of wildflowers all the way to the top. They offer tours every so often and people are pretty amazed that there's not one pump in the whole system. On the south, water is gathered from New York Creek, Brooklyn Gulch and Tabor Creek, plus Lincoln Creek. Date of experience: June 2018. Lincoln Gulch L a ke Cre e k Connection Twin Lakes Canal Twin Lakes Grizzly Reservoir Reservoir Reservoir CHAFFEE Tunnel No. Now the tunnel is owned by the Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company, which employs the Schryvers to monitor water levels at Grizzly Reservoir and divert water through the tunnel. ", Glenn reflects on how much they love their job and the surroundings, adding that "the last two guys who did this job died up here, so that's our plan." Tunnel No. Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Co. first reduced the flow of water to the tunnel on Tuesday by letting the natural flow of Lost Man Creek run into the Roaring Fork River again, instead of diverting it to the entrance to the Twin Lakes Tunnel, which begins at Grizzly Reservoir. Tunnel COLORADO SPRINGS Hoosier Tunnel Homestake Tunnel Boustead Tunnel Existing Raw Water Pipeline LEGEND Continental Divide River/Creek Tunnel ", Still, she and Glenn wouldn’t trade their job for anything. Glenn and Kim Schryver are the nicest people you could ever meet. The west portal or inlet of Tunnel No. Wind chill values as low as -10. The Colorado Foundation for Water Education, now known as Water Education Colorado, published a "Citizen's Guide to Colorado's Transbasin Diversions" to explore the history and challenges of these massive projects. Their job is to maintain the reservoir and the creeks that flow into it, as well as the 4-mile tunnel that sends the water east to the Front Range. Note that a half mile section of the hike travels along the access road for the aqueduct system that diverts water from New York and Brooklyn drainages to Grizzly Reservoir. These days Glenn says it just depends on what’s going on and what time of year it is. The aqueduct system diverts water from the New York and Brooklyn Creek drainages to the Grizzly Reservoir. The tunnel was bored during the first phase of the … Grizzly Dome Tunnel (Google Maps). All work on this site is licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Creative Commons License. Driving through the tunnel feels more like being in a boat than a car, and in fact occasionally Glenn and Kim see fish jumping in the few inches of water left along the bottom. But as water was again sent east to the benefit of Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Pueblo West and Aurora, flows in Lincoln Creek and the Roaring Fork dropped sharply. The tunnel is actually a 9-1/2-foot-diameter concrete pipe built in the 1930s and paid for by farmers from the town of Ordway, on the southeast plains of Colorado. Before us is the reservoir—aqua blue and sparkling in the morning sun. Those diversions involve a complex system of pipes, reservoirs, pumps, and canals to keep the whole operation flowing. A lot of water is moved from the western part of Colorado to the east where much of the state's population lives. And it's on the east side of the tunnel where my co-producer Jamie and I have arranged to meet them to learn more about their unusual job. 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