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Cañon City
Release Date: 05/20/09
Contacts: Cass Cairns 719-269-8553    

ARRA Funds Will Replace Park Center Well

Cañon City, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management has received funding to drill a replacement Park Center Well as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A complete list of the ARRA projects funded through BLM Colorado is available online at or

The Park Center Well is an 80-year-old artesian well located on BLM–administered lands near Cañon City, Colorado. The well supplies water for domestic and fire suppression uses to approximately 4,000 users in the Park Center Water District. The BLM learned in 2008 that the 3,000 foot deep well had developed serious leaks in the casing.

According to RGFO Manager Roy Masinton, “the BLM will coordinate the plugging of the old well with the drilling of the new one to minimize impacts to local water users. This should be possible unless the old well fails.”

An environmental assessment for the project is scheduled for completion in July 2009, with drilling of the new well scheduled for completion in early 2010. The contract to drill the replacement well will be done in accordance with the federal procurement process, with competitive bids determining the eventual cost of the replacement well.

The original well was drilled in the 1920s for oil and gas exploration, and then abandoned when drillers hit water instead of fluid minerals. The BLM later acquired ownership of the well. The BLM holds a Federal Reserve water right for 227-acre feet of water annually. The BLM leases the well water to the Park Center Water District through an agreement with the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 05-21-2009