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Old 08-19-2011   #1
 
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Be There - Stop Gross Dam Expansion Meeting with Boulder County Commissioners -

Boulder County Commissioners: Public Meeting to Hear Citizen Comments Regarding the Expansion of Gross Dam (The Moffat Project)

What: Public Mtg. Gross Dam Expansion
When: Mon., Sept. 12, 2011 - 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Sign-Up to Speak: Starts at 3:30pm
Where: Boulder County Courthouse
1325 Pearl St., 3rd Floor, Boulder, CO
Attire: Wear Blue - River Water Blue!

We did it! We sent lots of letters to the Boulder County Commissioners explaining the problems with the proposed expansion of Gross Dam. We requested a public meeting before the County Commissioners. They received our letters and have agreed to host a Public Meeting to hear our concerns about the Gross Dam issue. It is important that we get as many people to show up and voice concerns as possible. Each person will have up to 3 minutes to speak. Please plan on making a comment - no matter how brief. It is very important to let the Commissioners know that the opposition to this project is strong, multi-faceted, rational, and community-wide and that we believe it is their duty to stop this project.

More information is available on the TEG (The Environmental Group) website and on the Stop Gross Dam Facebook Page. Check back often. Both are updated frequently.

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Old 08-19-2011   #2
 
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I'll definitely be there! We are planning a rally starting at 2:30! Bring your Kayaks and inner tubes and wear blue! Thanks for posting this!!
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Old 08-19-2011   #3
 
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oh yea - and dress for the river - life jackets, fishing rods, helmets, scuba gear, whatever.
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Old 08-19-2011   #4
 
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How about posting some of the cons of this issue like how it negatively affects boating, fishing etc....
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Old 08-20-2011   #5
 
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good idea! Here's a bunch of info here: THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP (TEG) - HOME
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The Moffat Expansion and raising Gross Dam over 150 feet higher than its current height (that's double the height). Pulling water from the Frasier, through the divide, and then storing it in an newly expanded reservoir in the Foothills outside of Golden and Boulder, but the water is for Denver. Hmmm, sounds like a bad idea just by the sound of it all. This project, if allowed to go through, is just going to add to the problem of sucking our rivers dry, eventual lower flows and shorter flows. This type of project is not the direction we need to go in as Coloradoans. We need less dams and more regulation on growth that wastes our precious water.

They plan to pull water from the already hurting Frasier River, and this will lead to the Colorado receiving less also (the Colorado has not reached the ocean since the mid to late 1990s, and the delta is a mess). Water temps in the upper Colorado and other rivers are rising, and this will cause temperatures to rise more in the river, which is not good for the fish. This project will hurt the watersheds. This is bad for boaters, fishermen, outdoors people, hunters, and all of us, since we depend on these watersheds and riparian zones as our sources of clean water and recreation areas away from the cities and flatlands.

This dam will also bring a new concrete plant to the mountains outside of Golden and Boulder, and they are going to remove thousands of trees. There are Elk that winter in this area, on Winiger Ridge, with no other place to go really, so they may be displaced and never return, since this project will last 10 years, and the concrete plant will be running 24 hours a day and logging will be going on for a good part of those years. It is known that Elk will leave an area and not come within several miles of logging operations. Natural habitat will be flooded and drowned, including part of a popular Class V creek run on South Boulder Creek, now the paddle at the bottom of the creek will involve less creek and more reservoir to paddle, fun. What about the dozens and dozens of huge gravel trucks that they want to drive from the plains and up Coal Creek Canyon every day for 5 - 10 years, causing huge traffic problems and safety concerns for cyclists? There already is no shoulder on most of that road. Dangerous. And I know how much all of you enjoy driving behind slow trucks in Canyons.

It is the same story as the crazy Flaming Gorge pipeline. We don't need it, and if we don't say so, they won't stop and it's going to lead to the destruction of more rivers and streams. Maybe in your backyard next?
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The construction alone sounds like reason not to build the thing. I had no idea it would be that big.

I hadn't thought of it this way, but do they essentially build a new damn behind the existing one? Its not like you can just add rebar and epoxy on another 150 feet of concrete to the old dam.

I'll be there to object.
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There's a diagram on the TEG Coal Creek Canyon website, that shows the dam expansion, but not really sure exactly how they'll do it.
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World's Largest Kayak Drum Circle

World's Largest Kayak Drum Circle
We Can Stop Gross Dam But We Gotta Make Some Noise!
2:30pm ~ Monday, September 12 ~ 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, Co ~ Courthouse Lawn

It's official, a Rally is planned immediately preceding the Gross Dam Public meeting with the Boulder County Commissioners! The Rally will include the World's Largest Kayak Drum Circle!! And we Need YOU! Bring your boat, bailing bucket or other instruments. Bring your friends. Wear Blue, Dress for the River, and get ready to boogie.
The Rally will also include a special presentation by the Earth Guardians, a Public Statement Writing Workshop and informational tables. Plan to stay for the Public Meeting and let the Boulder County Commissioners know you want them to stop Gross Dam. Public Meeting starts at 4:30pm at 1325 Pearl St., 3rd floor (Boulder County Courthouse). Arrive early to sign up to speak.

Go to www.stopgrossdam.org for more info
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Drum circles and dressing like river rats? Seriously, ask a couple regulators what they fear. Ask a couple reporters what sells when attempting to sway the public. A bunch of pearl street lawn sitters is not going to sway public opinion. A well spoken spokesmen who present like the guy or girl next door will go farther than a drum circle vagrant that no one wants sitting next to them because of the smell.

I appreciate your enthusiasm, but come on man!
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