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  • PRESS RELEASE: Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion | Save the Colorado
    Powell Pipeline is a complete nightmare said Zach Frankel Executive Director of Utah Rivers Council The biggest proposed diversion of the Colorado River during an epic drought going to the nation s most wasteful water users with a staggering price tag just to keep communities outside Utah from using this water The Lake Powell Pipeline is a billion dollar boondoggle that would have disastrous environmental impacts on the Colorado River said Gary Wockner Executive Director of Save the Colorado The Colorado is already stretched to the breaking point water supplies are at the brink in Las Vegas Arizona and Southern California Taking more water out of this river is completely nonsensical Located immediately upstream of the Grand Canyon the diversion would reduce flows available for fish and wildlife species over hundreds of miles of the Colorado River and make restoration efforts at the Colorado Delta much more difficult It would also impact the millions of residents throughout the Southwest who are much more conscientious with their water use The pipeline is unfortunate and incredibly irresponsible considering drought conditions across the West for Utah to spend billions of dollars to deliver Colorado River water to America s most wasteful water users said Pete Nichols National Director for the Waterkeeper Alliance The would be recipients of pipeline water have some of the cheapest water rates in the nation paying only a small fraction of the price for water that Los Angeles residents pay These cheap rates explain why St George has some of the highest per person water use in the entire U S Adjusted for inflation the Lake Powell Pipeline will cost as much as it did to make Hoover Dam operational said John Weisheit Executive Director of Living Rivers the Colorado Riverkeeper In 1934 there was about 8 million acre

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  • Colorado River Update: Your Voice Made A Difference! | Save the Colorado
    Colorado River near Lake Powell and pipe it over to Southwest Utah to fuel and subsidize exponential population growth Working with our environmental colleagues in Utah we are going to tackle this fight head on throughout the permitting process A scientific study by Western Resource Advocates proved that the project was unnecessary read it here and an economic study done by university economists in Utah indicated that the project would basically bankrupt the county that is proposing the pipeline by raising water rates astronomically read it here We remain committed to fighting this project and we will let you know when it s the right time to send emails phone calls and letters to the federal government in the coming months Third some mixed news in Colorado Over the past year 1 750 of you sent emails to the State of Colorado urging them to focus on water conservation and river protection as they drafted the Colorado Water Plan Just last week the water plan was delivered to Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper and it contains some good news and some bad news I wrote a column titled Colorado Water Plan A Missed Opportunity which has appeared in several newspapers in Colorado The Colorado Water Plan does indeed focus on water conservation and it has some OK ideas in it about river protection But it also contains plans for 400 000 acre feet of new storage which essentially means more dams diversions and reservoirs So we made some progress in this endeavor but we are going to have to remain vigilant in the future We are deeply committed to stopping new dams and diversions and to protecting the Colorado River and its tributaries in Colorado Utah Wyoming and New Mexico Speaking of New Mexico some bad news there Yesterday the U S Dept of Interior decided to move forward with permitting studies for the proposed Gila River Diversion which would take a new 12 000 acre feet of water out of the Gila River in New Mexico read the news story here Despite a massive outcry from local river advocates in New Mexico and despite getting 2 500 emails from you folks on this email list the federal government is moving forward with this zombie water project anyway The permitting process can take years and we offer our support to the local groups in New Mexico that are fighting the project Once again the federal government dropped the ball and is considering this river draining project when they should have focused on water conservation and efficiency We will keep you informed about when to weigh in with phone calls emails and letters as the permitting process moves forward What will El Nino do to Southern Calfornia and the Colorado River Forecasters predict that this El Nino will be the strongest in recorded history and may drench Southern California through the winter and spring of 2015 and 2016 Take a look at this Los Angeles Times story Massive El Nino gains

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-river-update-your-voice-made-a-difference/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PRESS RELEASE: DENVER WATER’S “MOFFAT COLLECTION SYSTEM PROJECT” DELAYED AGAIN | Save the Colorado
    the last few months Save The Colorado has been intensely bird dogging the project Over 700 Save The Colorado supporters sent emails to the Corps demanding that the Corps consider climate change in the permitting process which the Corps so far has not Further Save The Colorado sent a detailed technical analysis to the Corps pointing out that Denver Water doesn t even need more water In fact as Denver s population has increased their total water use has actually decreased This river destroying scheme is unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado of the 350 million project Denver Water doesn t even need the water and the Corps has not considered climate change in its analysis Save The Colorado analysis sent to the Corps here included this graph of Denver Water s actual water use Further Denver Water s CEO Jim Lochhead tweeted just yesterday the exact same information which exemplifies how the Moffat Project is unneeded All over the Southwest U S water use is decreasing dramatically even as population grows said Wockner Denver Water needs to stop this wasteful destructive project right now and focus on the cheap easy fast method

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  • Colorado Water Plan a “Missed Opportunity” | Save the Colorado
    conservation growth management and sharing water with farmers the Plan also proposes to further drain and destroy the already degraded rivers of Colorado and even across state lines In the climate changed world we increasingly face Colorado needs systemic change in its water policies to ensure river protection as well as water supplies for people Our organization is committed to fighting to stop new dams and diversions and to protecting the rivers of Colorado for future generations of people and all of the non human critters that rely on rivers for their survival Gary Wockner Gary Wockner PhD Executive Director Save the Colorado PO Box 1066 Fort Collins CO 80522 http savethecolorado org http www facebook com savethecolorado https twitter com savethecolorado 970 218 8310 This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts Colorado River Update Former Commissioner of Reclamation Joins Our Board PRESS RELEASE California Waterkeepers Support Transferring CA Water to CORiver Delta Colorado River Update Are you READY TO RUMBLE in 2016 PRESS RELEASE Utah Submits Application for Massive Colorado River Diversion Colorado River Update Your Voice Made A Difference Take Action Take Action To Protect The Colorado River

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-water-plan-a-missed-opportunity/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PRESS RELEASE: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUST TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY | Save the Colorado
    to keep lawns green in the summer in Colorado s semi desert environment At the same time that a shortage was almost declared on the Colorado River in Arizona Nevada and Southern California in 2015 that a call on the river is a commonplace discussion in the Colorado Water Plan process and that climate change threatens to drain 9 30 more water out of the river the Corps may permit projects to drain even more water out of the river at the very top of the Colorado River basin In response Save The Colorado sent two long technical documents to the Corps outlining the threat of climate change and the call on the river that could be exacerbated by the new diversions in Colorado Document 1 is about Moffat document 2 is about Windy Gap The Army Corps must take climate change seriously on the Colorado River said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado Diverting new water out of the river at the top of the basin will increase the likelihood of a shortage and call on the river at the bottom of the basin which could completely destabilize water supplies and the Southwest s economy While the U S government allots 16 5 million acre feet maf of water to be diverted out of the Colorado River or sent to Mexico 15 maf for the U S 1 5 maf for Mexico on average each year over the last 15 years an average of only 12 5 maf has actually flowed in the river due to drought and climate change The U S Bureau of Reclamation claims that climate change will likely permanently decrease the amount of water in the river down to 13 7 maf by the year 2060 see STC s documents for details The

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/press-release-like-pope-u-s-army-corps-of-engineers-must-take-climate-change-seriously/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Save The Colorado Update: No! More! Dams! | Save the Colorado
    stages and we are gearing up for major legal battles We are also deeply engaged in the Colorado Water Plan process trying to make sure it does not support more dams and diversions In Wyoming we are keeping close tabs on the State s plan for 10 New Dams in 10 Years and if any of those proposals move forward on the Green River or other tributaries of the Colorado River we will be right on top of them We are also monitoring the Fontanelle Dam Expansion on the Green River so that when it triggers a permitting process we will engage head on In New Mexico we have provided outreach support to the local groups fighting the proposed Gila River Diversion which is a tributary to the Colorado River When that project triggers a permitting process we will engage to help fight it In Utah we are helping local groups gear up to fight the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline a massive boondoggle to drain a large amount of water out of the Colorado River to slake the never ending thirst of population growth in the southwest part of the state We are also monitoring the State s water planning process the director of which said he wants dams on every river in Utah In every one of these fights we are also focusing on alternatives that would better meet the water supply needs of the local communities In nearly every case alternative water supply options including conservation efficiency recycling and reuse and working with farmers is a faster cheaper and easier way to get new water that doesn t further drain and destroy the amazing Colorado River system Save The Colorado is engaged in several programmatic activities in addition to fighting dams We fight dirty energy and climate change

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/save-the-colorado-update-no-more-dams/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PRESS RELEASE: Engineer Wants New Colorado Nuke Plant To Provide Water To Cities | Save the Colorado
    in the South Platte River and then to send that water to municipalities along the Front Range see link here The program announcement says the technology can help fill the gap in water demand identified by the Colorado Water Plan process Building a nuclear powerplant to drain the South Platte River to provide water for lawns in suburbs along the Front Range of Colorado ranks as one of the newest and most eccentric ideas we ve seen so far in the Colorado Water Plan process said Gary Wockner of Save The Colorado and Save The Poudre Why not just build a pipeline from Mars instead Save The Colorado points out that conservation efficiency and buying water from farmers is always a faster easier and cheaper way to get water In fact if just 10 of all of the farm water in Colorado was transferred to cities it would fill the gap through the year 2050 We don t have a water gap said Wockner We have a gap in common sense that is keeping our society from embracing the fastest easiest cheapest solution to Colorado s water problems end This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Colorado River-Destruction Cartel Makes Its Move In State Legislature | Save the Colorado
    state government and turn the permitting over to the Colorado Office of the State Engineer Bill 5 would take the permitting process away from the federal government completely gutting the role of the EPA Army Corps and Bureau of Reclamation and turn that all over to the Colorado Office of the State Engineer The Colorado river destruction cartel is making its move in the state legislature said Gary Wockner of the Save The Colorado and Save The Poudre organizations The Colorado Water Plan process has been gearing up to this if they can gut permitting it will create an unstoppable dam building and river destruction frenzy across the state The Colorado Water Plan has already made clear that it supports fully developing compact entitlements to the state s water so that no water leaves state boundaries that is not required by federal law At a meeting this week of the Denver Chamber of Commerce the power of Colorado s business community was on full display where it gave its wish list to the state board that is creating the Colorado Water Plan which included reservoir expansion and it called on Governor Hickenlooper to take the lead improving the permitting process The Colorado Water Plan itself also directly calls for changing the permitting process chapter 9 slide 12 Colorado thinks it owns up to 1 million acre feet of water out of the Colorado River that it has not yet developed and the state water plan proposes new dams and reservoirs on other rivers across the state said Wockner Whether you re in Las Vegas Las Cruces or Los Angeles you better be paying attention because what happens in Colorado does not stay in Colorado The bills will be heard in the Interim Water Resources Review Committee of the Colorado State

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