Crews have started working to remove a giant sandbar at Lake Loveland that officials say has impacted the lake's water capacity.
The Reporter-Herald reports that Coulson Excavating employees began hauling the estimated 18,000 tons of sand Monday. The work is expected to last at least two weeks.
The sandbar, which was deposited during a 2013 flood, had become a popular place for residents to hang out.
But Ron Brinkman from the Greeley Loveland Irrigation District says the sandbar had threatened the water distribution system and cut down on how much water the lake could hold.
The irrigation district decided to hire the excavating company this winter after seeing a drop in water levels from summer use.
The sand that's removed will be used to fill one of Coulson's mining pits.