December 30, 2007--Winter work means whitewater's on the way (Aspen Times)

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Workers have begun diverting the cold winter waters of the Colorado River, preparing to build a whitewater park in West Glenwood, which they expect will be done by March 15. "Right now they're building the diversion structure, which will isolate half the river so they can build the actual wave features," said Jason Carey, principal engineer of Glenwood Springs-based, the company that designed the park. Construction will include at least one additional phase where the river is diverted from the remaining area. The diversions are created by using large sandbags and large sheets of metal driven into the riverbed. Carey said diverting the flow for construction is the hardest part of building the park. But the process is aided by the area's geothermal activity.

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