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MARTIN MARIETTA TO PROVIDE WATER FOR CREATION OF CHATFIELD PARK WETLANDS

MARTIN MARIETTA TO PROVIDE WATER FOR CREATION OF CHATFIELD PARK WETLANDS
 DENVER, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Martin Marietta Astronautics Group today announced that it has agreed to provide treated wastewater from its Waterton facility for the creation of a 15- to 20-acre wetlands area at Chatfield State Park. The company also has committed up to $50,000 for the project.
 About 350,000 gallons of treated water discharged daily from Martin Marietta's advanced wastewater treatment facility will be piped to the proposed wetlands site south of Chatfield Reservoir. Currently, that water is discharged into Brush Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River which runs through Waterton Canyon.
 "We are extremely pleased to be part of the Chatfield wetlands project," said Robert M. McMullen, Martin Marietta's director of Environmental Management, "It is a great opportunity for Martin Marietta to help improve the environment by increasing wildlife habitat and promoting efficient use of one of Colorado's most precious resources."
 McMullen said Martin Marietta had planned to build a 2,500-foot pipeline at a cost of $150,000 to carry its treated water directly to the South Platte River to meet changes in regulatory requirements for wastewater discharge.
 "When the wetlands project was proposed, it offered an alternative that benefits all parties," he said. "Now we will build a shorter pipeline to the wetlands site and contribute the difference in cost -- approximately $50,000 -- for construction of the wildlife habitat." The proposed pipeline will be about 1,700 feet long.
 Martin Marietta purchases about 245 gallons of water annually from the Denver Water Board for domestic and production uses at the Waterton facility where it builds Titan space launch vehicles.
 After use, the wastewater is treated to meet stringent discharge permit limits, which are enforced by the Colorado Department of Health. Most of the limits are equivalent to or stricter than water quality standards for drinking water. All treatment is completed on Martin Marietta's property at its advanced wastewater treatment facility.
 "The quality of water we discharge to the wetlands will meet the same stringent limits," McMullen said.
 The wetlands area, primarily a wet meadow, is expected to be a haven for a variety of waterfowl, including several species of ducks, pelicans and great blue herons. Water will be distributed through a series of earthen berms and dikes. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 1992.
 The Chatfield wetlands project is a cooperative venture between the Colorado Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation and Division of Wildlife, the Colorado Department of Highways, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Denver Water Department, Ducks Unlimited, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Health and Martin Marietta.
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 /CONTACT: Kerry Masson of Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, 303-977-5364/ CO: Martin Marietta Astronautics Group ST: Colorado IN: ARO SU: CK-TS -- DV006 -- 5455 11/20/91 12:55 EST
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