A, Did you attend the town hall meeting on Tuesday night?
I was there filming for all 3 hours...
I think glade is still going to pretty much kill what we have left of a river in the downtown corridor which sucks from an ecological perspective mostly, but also from a recreational one, especially if we get that park built. I know NISP makes it sound pretty good but I am skeptical of how it will actuate.
There are already senior water rights holders that are drying the Poudre illegally (down from canyon mouth). When are we going to talk about getting more water in our rivers rather than less? When are we going to truly enhance and uphold our beloved water source that allows us to live here. More respect for this river is in order, rivers in general if you ask me.
This Halligan/Seaman enlargement looks nasty too, and maybe as paddlers we need to focus on this project more, it could kill our lovely beginner run (filter plant) as we know it which sucks. So thanks for pointing this out.
The march I would like to organize addresses all of these expansion ideas and the growth mostly for profit paradigm that leaves our rivers and climate fucked. The most common approach to our growth is more lanes on the hiways, more resevoirs etc, its all prescriptive bullshit with no end, we need to bring a different approach to all this growth here soon, a lot of people are doing it now, but it needs to be filtered into the mainstream.
I dont know how much luck you will have skiing on Glade as it sounds like the level will fluctuate a lot. I respect your interests and I like to motorize once in a while but I think we need to let go of some things if we want to hold on to the important ones. It is becoming a time of sacrifice, creativity, simplification, and so on. (yes I have skis, bikes, boats, and a shit ton of gear, gut I try to buy wisely...)
Sometimes I feel guilty as a paddler, having to drive so much, supporting the plastic industry, so on. But I love to paddle, therefore, I run on bio-deisel (converting this summer to WVO/SVO)
and I am concepting a bio-boat, made from recycled plastic or strong organic material...
I think we all need to become more creative as paddlers if we want to make a difference but still do what we love, just my two cents.