To Protect Florence Water Supply
The city authorities of Florence, Colo., have secured the approval of the secretary of agriculture to a co-operative agreement having as its object the development and protection of the city’s water supply. Florence gets its water from Newlin Creek, a nearby stream, the drainage of which lies within the San Isabel national forest in Fremont and Custer counties. This agreement is to follow, it is understood, the same lines as those recently entered into with the government by Trinidad and Fruita, and provides, among other things, for a restricted use of the lands within the watershed for the purposes which might tend to contaminate the runoff. It also provides that city authorities shall have a voice in the administration of the area and that the municipality’s caretaker shall, if so desired, be invested with federal authority for the enforcement of sanitary and protective regulations which may be approved by the secretary of agriculture. It is claimed by the department that these co-operative agreements have proved of great benefit to many towns in the west depending for their water supply on streams arising within the national forests.