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  • Colorado River Update: Los Angeles launches water recycling plan! | Save the Colorado
    do that 4 With the entire Colorado River system in so much stress its difficult to discuss draining even more water out of the river in the top of the basin in Colorado Wyoming and Utah because after all We are all in this together Bill Hasencamp 5 The complete draining and destruction of the Colorado River Delta was an environmental disaster and his agency wants to continue being a part of the solution to restoring a small streamflow back to the Delta And so I wasn t surprised this week when the District announced they were investing in a large new water recycling plant to turn sewage into drinking water see story in Los Angeles Times here a technology that is already used across the world and in neighboring Orange and San Diego Counties Wastewater recycling often called Toilet to Tap is a cheaper easier and faster way to get new water supplies than building new dams and reservoirs or than desalinating sea water Hasencamp and I didn t agree on everything It is my opinion that because the system is so stressed due to drought and climate change we should be seriously looking at draining Lake Powell and tearing down Glen Canyon Dam and then storing the excess water in Lake Mead and in underground aquifers in California and Arizona Hasencamp didn t take a position on the issue but he was certainly aware of the debate and listened respectfully to my opinion The whole discussion drove home one amazing point Thirty years ago if you would have approached the Metropolitan Water District with ideas about recycling toilet water restoring the Colorado River Delta and tearing down dams they would likely have not taken the meeting or laughed you out of the room Times change Opportunities change Climates

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  • What’s Wrong With The Colorado Water Plan, And How To Fix It | Save the Colorado
    Platte and Metro Roundtables which are the two biggest municipal water users in the state To fix this problem the process needs to be truncated now and a new diverse set of stakeholders need to rewrite the Basin Implementation Plans 3 Because of the flaws in the Governor s Executive Order and the corruption of the process the product is very heavily skewed towards supporting the status quo of building more dams diversions that would further drain and destroy Colorado s rivers To fix this problem the Plan needs to focus solely on alternative water supply methods that are faster cheaper and easier such as water conservation and efficiency water reuse and recycling growth management and working with farmers to transfer water to cities Further concerned citizens should fight to stop new proposed dam diversion projects so that alternatives are allowed to flourish 4 The Plan does not contain remotely enough information and support for river protection and restoration While the Plan proposes 20 billion for new projects only 5 million of that appears to be directly for river restoration Many of Colorado s rivers have been almost completely drained and destroyed but the Plan doesn t even come close to addressing this egregious history of environmental destruction Further the Plan does not even discuss dam removal as a mechanism to restore rivers an activity that is flourishing across the U S and has occurred on the Cache la Poudre River in northern Colorado To fix this problem the Plan needs to focus dramatically more attention and resources on protecting and restoring the rivers across Colorado A river renaissance is occurring across Colorado whereby local communities are protecting restoring and revaluing their local rivers the state should aggressively join this effort 5 The Plan discusses the problems with permitting new dam diversion projects but completely fails to discuss the real truth of the issue and here it is When the U S Army Corps of Engineers and U S Bureau of Reclamation go through a permitting process they purposely don t hire unbiased peer reviewed scientists to do the work Instead they contract the Environmental Impact Statement out to large multi national engineering corporations that have a vested interest in seeing the project permitted and thus grossly skew the analyses making a complete charade of the supposed science that an EIS requires Thus public comments are always extremely negative about the EIS and the Corps continues to go through iteration after iteration taking years and millions of dollars To fix this problem the Corps needs to hire real unbiased peer reviewed scientists to create EIS not biased engineering firms that make their livings building dams and large construction projects 6 The Plan proposes to fully develop compact entitlements to Colorado s water supplies by making sure not one drop of water leaves the state in a river that is not required to by federal law This policy proposal is anti environmental unethical and provincial Rivers across state boundaries also need

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  • STOP MOFFAT: Why we oppose Denver Water’s river-draining, dam-expansion plan | Save the Colorado
    remotely mitigate the impacts to the rivers streams habitat and fisheries in Grand County and downstream 5 Denver Water says it needs the water but nearly half of all of Denver s current water and future proposed water from Moffat is used to keep lawn s green for 3 months in Colorado s late summer semi desert environment 6 The Final Environmental Impact Statement completely fails to address the impact of the diversion on the Colorado River Compact and the potential for a call on the river especially in light of future climate change which will further decrease flows 7 The Moffat Project would require a massive 5 year construction project the largest in Boulder County history to expand Gross Dam and Reservoir that would completely disrupt the lives and quality of life of homeowners living near and around the reservoir in Southwestern Boulder County 8 Denver Water doesn t need more water but even if it wants more water it can easily get more water by investing more money in alternative water supply systems including water conservation efficiency reuse recycling growth management and working with farmers 9 The construction project to expand Gross Dam would be a huge emitter of greenhouse gas emissions an impact that is not studied in the Final Environmental Impact Statement 10 Instead of hiring independent peer reviewed unbiased scientists to analyze the Moffat Project proposal the Army Corps of Engineers hired engineering firms which specialize in building dams and large construction projects to create the Final Environmental Impact Statement and thus the entire process is biased and scientifically invalid Save The Colorado has inserted numerous documents comments and technical reports into the Army Corps of Engineers permitting process for the Moffat Project We are waiting now to see what the Corps will do they

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  • Email Campaign | Save the Colorado
    the Upper Colorado River and its tributaries in Grand County Colorado to supply water to the sprawling Denver area metropolis However your Environmental Impact Statement EIS documents so far have completely failed to analyze the role that climate change is playing and will continue to play in the depletion of the Colorado River system The two dam diversion projects Moffat Collection System Project and Windy Gap Firming Project would take an average of 50 000 acre feet of new water out of the Colorado River and in wet years they could take up to 100 000 acre feet of water out of the river that already is severely depleted As you know the river is already stretched beyond the breaking point and on the verge of having shortage declarations in Arizona Nevada and Southern California Further climate change models are putting a bullseye on the Colorado River ecosystem and predicting that flows in the river could decrease 9 30 in a hotter drier climate changed world resulting in a MEGADROUGHT Your EIS documents for these two projects must analyze climate change in order to comply with federal law I request that you issue no Record of Decision on these two

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/email-campaign/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Take Action! | Save the Colorado
    supply system in the Southwest U S Click Here To Send An Email To The Army Corps Thank you for taking action Posted in Take Action Uncategorized Please take action now The State of Colorado needs to hear your river saving voice Posted on May 14 2014 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River We need your help Can you please reach out to Colorado s Governor John Hickenlooper now Over one half of all the water that flows in the Colorado River from Colorado to Los Angeles and Mexico originates as snow in the mountains in the state of Colorado And so how Colorado manages its water is critical to the health of the river and to the entire Southwest U S But we have a problem The State of Colorado has started to create a Colorado Water Plan that is in danger of being hijacked by water developers who want to drain even more water out of all of Colorado s rivers and pipe it to the Denver metropolitan area to fuel subsidize and slake the thirst of new growth These developers and cities need to focus on water conservation efficiency and recycling instead of draining more water out of our rivers Your voice can make a difference now at a critical time Please click here to our Email Campaign to send an email to Governor John Hickenlooper Your email will be taken as public comment in the Colorado Water Plan process and it needs to come as soon as possible A lot is at stake As you know the Southwest U S and California are in an extended drought Climate change is already here and further threatening the health of our rivers And the human population of the Southwest continues to grow States and cities need to chart a new path forward a major course correction and focus on conservation as soon as possible Take a good long look at the photograph to the left We ve been covering this story of the restored pulse flow to the Colorado River Delta for a couple of months By Thursday the Colorado River is likely to meet the Sea of Cortez you can see it almost there now flowing downstream and edging closer to the tidal channel of sea water that flows upstream At the very moment in history when we are making great strides to restore the Colorado River IS NOT the moment to start diverting even more water out of it Enjoy the photo and stay in touch with our facebook page to see updates And again please click through here to send an email to Governor Hickenlooper Thank you for your support It matters Posted in Take Action ACTION ALERT Tell Governor Hickenlooper Start With Conservation Posted on March 6 2013 by admin Hello Friends of the Colorado River Please click here to tell Governor John Hickenlooper Focus on water conservation in Colorado The Colorado River begins in the state of Colorado and that s

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/category/action-items/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Top 5 Problems With Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan | Save the Colorado
    too much on meeting new demand by building more dams and diversions on Colorado s rivers The Plan should solely focus on water supply alternatives including conservation efficiency reuse recycling growth management and transferring water from farms 3 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan focuses too much on streamlining permitting processes These permitting process were enacted by our forefathers and foremothers to make sure due public process and environmental protection were guaranteed as a public right and responsibility when large scale environmental damage is proposed by new dams diversions The Plan should protect and enhance permitting so as to better protect and restore rivers 4 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan does not focus enough on protecting and restoring Colorado s rivers including dam removal nor enough on providing funding for stream and habitat protection 5 Draft 2 of the Colorado Water Plan proposes to fully develop compact entitlements to Colorado s water supplies by making sure not one drop leaves the state in a river that is not required by federal law This policy proposal is anti environmental unethical and provincial Rivers across state boundaries also need water to be healthy the Colorado Water Plan should protect rivers in Colorado and across state lines Thank you for considering our comments 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 The mission of Save The Colorado is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea Save The Colorado focuses on fighting irresponsible water projects supporting alternatives to dams and diversions fighting and adapting to climate change supporting river and fish species restoration and removing deadbeat dams Save The Colorado has thousands of

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/save-the-colorados-comments-on-draft-2-colorado-water-plan/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Colorado River Update! Will GODZILLA El Nino Save Us? | Save the Colorado
    dams and diversions which will drain the Colorado River even farther and imperil the health of the river and water supplies for the Southwest U S My column is titled While the Animas River spill is eye catching Western rivers face an even bigger threat and was syndicated throughout the West by the Writers on the Range news service I went further on the record last night in this Colorado Channel 9 TV News story here where I chastised the State of Colorado from which over 50 of the Colorado River s flow originates in its mountains for planning for even more dams and diversions in its Colorado Water Plan process Over the past few months we have asked you all several times to weigh in on the Colorado Water Plan and send emails asking for more conservation and no new dams Well in the second draft of the Plan they are asking for both an all of the above water policy that both conserves water and further destroys our rivers That s why Save The Colorado believes we need more immediate and proactive measures to protect the river and water supplies We support Stopping all new dams and diversions of water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries Dramatically ramping up water conservation programs in cities across the Southwest U S that depend on Colorado River water Aggressively rethinking and changing the use of agricultural water so that low value crops and wasteful irrigation methods are phased out Storing water in underground aquifers rather than in above ground reservoirs where the water evaporates and seeps away costing the Colorado River over 1 10th of its entire flow Changing the Colorado River Compact so that it s based on real science about how much water flows in the river

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-river-update-will-godzilla-el-nino-save-us/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Colorado River Water Storage at Lowest Point in History! | Save the Colorado
    survival Further not only are the elected officials and water agencies not doing enough to address the problem they are BELIEVE IT OR NOT proposing even more new diversions of water out of the river and its tributaries in Colorado Utah Wyoming and Utah Save The Colorado is fighting to stop these new diversions including the Moffat and Windy Gap Projects in Colorado the Lake Powell Pipeline in Utah the Gila River Diversion in New Mexico the Fontenelle Dam enlargement in Wyoming and others We need YOUR help to do that Please consider a donation to Save The Colorado by clicking through to this link here http www savethecolorado org blog donate GOOD NEWS LET S GO RAFTING Summer is almost over and it s still time for more fun Please join us on our Green River rafting trip August 23 26 We ll be paddling through the famous Gates of Lodore and Dinosaur National Monument with several esteemed colleagues key among them is River Hero Mark Dubois Mark is a co founder of Friends of the River and the International Rivers Network and has long been a leader in river conservation In 1979 he captured national headlines when he chained himself to the bedrock of the Stanislaus River Canyon as a new reservoir filled While his action forced only a temporary reprieve for the Stanislaus the growing movement to protect rivers brought a halt to major dam building in the United States Mark is a pivotal leader in the history of the American river protection movement he is very generously spending a few days with us and you on this wonderful trip on the Green River Click through here to our website to learn all the details of this great trip Stay tuned for more news and action and

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