The public hearing on Denver Water's Gross Reservoir/Moffat System Expansion to be held in Summit County has been announced.
When: Thursday Jan. 7, 2010
Open House 4:00-6:00
Hearing Starts at 6:00
Where: Beaver Run Conference Center Peak 17 Conference Room
620 Village Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(Located at the base of Peak 9)
The Comment Period on Denver's Proposed project(s) has also been extended
to March 1st.
Take time to look at the Draft EIS or attend the open house and hearing. Consider whether additional water deliveries to Denver are necessary, and outweigh the costs. As it is, Denver has significant water that is unused in the Blue River/ Dillon Reservoir system that would be sent down the N. Fork South Platte. Additional water delivered by the Moffat Project is based on speculative future demand at current use levels (ie, no aggressive conservation or efficiency measures).
Denver doesn't divert water it currently has legal and physical ability to, and yet the Water Board is asking us to support rate hikes and additional impacts to the Fraser River, South Boulder Creek, and the Upper Colorado River.
Here's part of the big picture:
Look forward to 2030, when Denver is taking all of it's water out of Dillon Reservoir, Green Mountain Reservoir, and the Fraser. Add to those depletions, water diverted to Northern Colorado from Windy Gap, and Colorado-Big Thompson Projects...and west slope projects.
What are we left with?
Future simulated flows at Kremmling will rarely exceed 4000cfs, with the majority of days equal or less than 1300 cfs. Consider what this means for the Blue River, and the Colorado from Gore Canyon to Glenwood Springs.
Stay tuned to American Whitewater
for more information on the impacts from all these projects to private and commercial paddlers, and how we can all work to protect boating opportunities.