Unfortunately, all dams and diversion projects have direct ecological impacts, and I find that very objectable. In the act of storing floodwater for agriculture, a direct ecological impact is the stated intention of the project. I have a hard time reconciling my shared need for water and storage projects with my personal imperative to see all rivers run wild and free. Projects that provide me with offseason boating are somehow much less objectable than wasteful projects that serve to only evaporate the boating opportunities.
I offer we build no more in channel storage or direct diversions, rip down the wasteful ones and re-engineer our water storage systems to stand out of channel and store only a percentage of storage flow to preserve proper ecological proportion at the rivers various stages. Hydropower projects should be pumped back only up short sections of front range roadside mank, all winter long too, and heated.