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Old 06-11-2016   #71
telluride, Moab, UT
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I agree w Droboat, the river needs to have water to support the ecosystem. A small community and land developers should not be able to hoard this water from the ecosystem and the rest of the west who rely on this water. We need realistic minimum streamflows based on science and related to the carrying capacity of what is needed to keep native and endangered species healthy. The food web that is needed to keep the ecosystem healthy needs water. Insect populations need spring floods and these insects are crucial for the food web. There are many problems associated w dams, but there are ways to help mitigate their problems. The DWCD cannot continue to destroy the Dolores ecosystem by taking all the water. Laws that allow this practice should be challenged in courts and changed to reflect the value that river ecosystems have to not only the plant and animal communities, but to human life on this planet. We cannot continue to alter natural ecosystem like we have, we need natural ecosystems to be able to ultimately survive on this planet. In homeland security language, which our government and courts generally respond to, this is an issue involving our "national security' that we act now to preserve and protect natural ecosystems, because if we protect them now, they will be able to support us in the future as well.

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