Greeter: Michael Penny
Invocation: Jeff "The King" Kane
Congratulations to ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR Dale Flowers! And thank you, Dale, for your involvement in our Rotary Club, especially for your work in literacy.
Our Club was represented in The Aurora Gateway Golf Tournament by Bob Marshall, Tom Ashcraft, Scott Taylor, and Robert Blay. They took 4th place. Good job!
Members from our Rotary Club were interviewed for an article in the Wall Street Journal. President Scott Taylor will email the information to members who may like to read it.
Doug Applegate mentioned that Water 2 Wine, owned by the son of one of our former Rotarians, is being sold/closed soon. Consider getting good wine at a bargain and helping out a Littleton family.
Lottery drawing: Bruce Beckman won the weekly lottery. The total drawing is worth approximately $300, but Bruce did not draw the lucky Ace of Hearts, so better luck next week!
John Hendrick, a member of the Littleton Rotary Club since 1994, is a civil engineer at the Centennial Water and Sanitation District. He shared a program today on regional water needs and the Chatfield Reallocation Project. He discussed that our water supplies are between average and the low that we had in 2002. Eighty percent of our water comes from the western side of the continental divide; most of the population growth in Colorado is east of the divide. Therefore, our supplies are being taxed.
We are reusing/recycling water, used often for irrigation and watering programs. We are trying to encourage water conservation including higher prices on excess water use. There are advertisements and advice given about decreased watering time and frequency, as well as a nozzle replacement program to decrease use.
Finally, John reviewed water supply sources, including the Denver Basin/ground water, surface supplies such as Cherry Creek and the Platte River, and reservoirs such as Chatfield Reservoir. The Chatfield Reallocation project would allow Centennial and other communities to store more surface water in Chatfield Reservoir, adding over 20,000 acre feet of water. We would be using the current dam and reservoir, but would have to relocate/replace some of the current structures and trails. John also addressed the impact the project would have on the wildlife, including the endangered Preble’s Jumping Mouse (at which point your editor, who is highly mouse phobic, could no longer look at John’s presentation).