To telltwurp and telliski, you are both idiots. This issue is much larger than some east vs west pissing match. This is not some gain to the front range or Denver kayaking community. This is the death and alteration of the Fraser River (which is already pretty dead), the Blue River, and the loss of flows to the entire Colorado basin. It is high water Gore and Barrel Springs. It is the destruction of the bottom .4 miles of the Upper South Boulder run, and the destruction of the most scenic parts of the run, the parts of the run that are furthest removed from the railroad. It is the addition of 3/4 miles of flatwater to the lake paddle out. It is the alteration of flows to South Boulder Creek which are already horribly unnatural, and often run to high during the season, because they add as much water as they are allowed, based on a percentage of the natural flow. It makes high water higher, and the shoulder seasons drop off more quickly so that are runnable window is shortened... if the place would even still be worth running. It is the destruction of RIMBY, one of the only wilderness waterfalls in the Denver/Boulder area, and the affection of it being Right In My Back Yard should be noted that this is Denver's backyard. It's boulder's back yard. It's Wigston's backyard. It is the further alteration of flows in the Lower South Boulder Canyon. They will justify the other destruction by increased flows on USB, which does little good since most of that water will be pumped into the newly proposed Leyden Gulch Reservoir, and that water will never make it to our legal access point in Eldo Canyon.
This proposal will negatively affect every kayaker in Colorado. This is not some east vs west, summit vs front range, native vs non-native issue. This is an issue that every kayaker that wants to continue kayaking needs to deal with now. I was in a room last night of roughly 50 people. Three kayakers showed up. Myself, CWWA access director, and a paddler that works for Denver Water. Out of the six people that spoke last night, every single person was opposed to the project. Everyone was either a politician or worked for Denver Water. Hopefully someone will show up the meeting in the mountains, since bitching about it here is doing little.