From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):
The Bureau of Reclamation announced Monday that planes will be taking aerial photographs along the proposed route of the conduit from Pueblo Dam to Lamar and Eads as part of its Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The EIS also is looking at a long-term master storage project requested by the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District. The draft EIS is expected to be completed late this year. Reclamation has identified five possible pipeline routes from Pueblo to Lamar that will be surveyed.
From Thursday until March 17, survey crews will place white panels shaped like giant plus signs in conjunction with aerial photography to map the potential routes, said Kara Lamb, spokeswoman for Reclamation.
The 11-foot panels are constructed flat on the ground and the locations are calculated using global positioning equipment. Once placed, they will remain on the ground for up to three weeks. The panels are used with aerial photography from an airplane flying at 5,000 feet to obtain topographic information.