SOUTH FORK, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to start repairing the dam at Beaver Creek Reservoir in the San Luis Valley this summer.

Costs of the two-year project are estimated at about $15 million.

The 4,400-acre-foot Beaver Creek Reservoir is used for irrigation, fishing recreation and to maintain wildlife habitat. It has been drawn down to about half of its capacity since problems with the 100-year-old dam structure were discovered in 2010.

Work to rebuild the spillway is scheduled to begin in July and be completed around the end of the year. Early next year, the reservoir will be drained completely to allow for more construction work.

The public has until March 8 to submit comments on the dam repair plan to U.S. Forest Service district ranger Tom Malecek.

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