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  • PRESS RELEASE: 2nd Draft Colorado Water Plan Fails To Protect Colorado River | Save the Colorado
    Chapter 8 gets right to the bone of the issue when it says the Plan s goal is to Protect Colorado s ability to fully develop compact entitlements and continue to support agreements that strengthen Colorado s position in interstate negotiations while ensuring the long term viability of Colorado s interstate compacts and relationships page 311 bold added This draft plan protects Colorado s water but does not protect the health of the Colorado River ecosystem said Gary Wockner Executive Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign Colorado is looking out for itself and not for the health of the ecosystem that supports the entire Southwest United States Colorado is not in a unique position in this parochial stance Recently both Utah and Wyoming have engaged in planning processes in which they too have said they aim to get all of their entitled water out of the Colorado River ecosystem see link here with sub links to articles by Gary Wockner Further like Colorado both states have multiple projects planned to further drain the Colorado River and its tributaries All of this is happening as Lake Mead farther downstream continually hits its lowest levels in history likely on the verge of an official shortage declaration by the U S Bureau of Reclamation in the next few years At the very same time that a major alarm clock is going off at Lake Mead every Upper Basin state including Colorado is hitting the snooze button said Wockner Everyone thinks they re entitled but they ain t no water left to be entitled to The Law of the River is broken continued Wockner The Colorado River is drained dry at the end is on life support in the middle and is further threatened by the Upper Basin states at the top

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/press-release-2nd-draft-colorado-water-plan-fails-to-protect-colorado-river/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Colorado River Update! Lake Mead hits “trigger point” for shortages | Save the Colorado
    noted in this report titled The Hardest Working River and 3 the federal government and the states need to negotiate a new Colorado River Compact that doesn t drain the river OK now you want some more bad news Just a few days ago the State of Wyoming announced that they are proposing to take a massive new amount of water out of the Colorado River system to be used for energy development and other needs they haven t yet identified The proposal would be the largest new diversion of water out of the Green River in decades 150 000 acre feet which would no longer flow into the Colorado River and would surely cause trouble downstream as the levels in Lake Mead continue to drop Further of course the diversion would continue the draining and ecological destruction of the health of the river system from Wyoming all the way to the Gulf of California As I ve noted before in other articles all of the upstream states Colorado Wyoming Utah and New Mexico are proposing to further drain the system and imperil the health of the river OK how about a little good news In addition to helping us advocate to protect and restore this imperiled river system you can also get out there on the rivers and enjoy them while we still can The rains in May and June in Colorado have caused a lot of runoff in the rivers and streams in Colorado and in the Colorado River and so the rafting is great There was good rain in Wyoming too and so the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument is also flowing well In conjunction with our great friends at O A R S Adventure Travel Save The Colorado is offering a Green River raft trip

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-river-update-lake-mead-hits-trigger-point-for-shortages/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Colorado River Update: Take Action To Protect The Grand Canyon! | Save the Colorado
    Please click through here to send an email to the Forest Service protesting this development And now for all the rest of the Colorado River news First the level of Lake Mead continues to drop which is causing increasing calls for action throughout the Southwest U S Into that mix the news service ProPublica has launched a major provocative multi part series of stories about the Colorado River Lake Mead and the problems facing water management in the Southwest U S The first story was titled Holy Crop and focused on unsustainable cotton farming in Arizona The second story just posted today is titled The Water Witch and focuses on former Las Vegas Water Czar Pat Mulroy Question Is it part Pat Mulroy s fault that Lake Mead continues to plummet Second the water wars in Colorado continue to heat up as Colorado moves forward with its Water Plan and as two water agencies Denver Water and Northern Water move forward with their proposals to build two new dam reservoir diversion projects that would drain even more water out of the Colorado River Both of the projects are expected to be hotly contested we are fighting to stop Denver s Moffat Project and Northern Water s Windy Gap Firming Project through the permitting process It makes no sense to be planning to even further drain the Colorado River thus imperiling the health of the river as well as water supplies for Arizona Nevada and California Colorado needs to stop the madness Read our latest commentary about the Colorado Water Plan here Hijacking the Colorado Water Plan and about one of the proposed dam reservoir projects here Will Colorado Violate The Clean Water Act Finally amidst the amazing drought in California the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California just committed to

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-river-update-take-action-to-protect-the-grand-canyon-2/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Will Colorado Violate The Clean Water Act? | Save the Colorado
    2 The draft permit did almost no independent scientific analyses of the water quality problems that would be caused by the the Project as required by the Clean Water Act 3 The draft permit fails to address the water quality problems the Project would cause in Grand Lake to Colorado River temperatures to nutrient pollution in the Colorado River and to streamflow quantity in the Colorado River In fact the State s draft permit squarely says A separate alternatives analysis was not performed for the purpose of the 401 Certification instead a summary of the alternatives selection and screening done for the FEIS is provided here Tech report page 37 This draft permit fails to comply with the U S Clean Water Act said Gary Wockner E D of Save The Colorado We call upon the State of Colorado to either complete its mandated analyses independently or suspend the certification process until the numerous shortcomings in the Final EIS identified by Save the Colorado and others are addressed Unfortunately the State s draft permit falls directly in line with Governor Hickenlooper s 2013 Executive order to create the Colorado Water Plan which also requires State departments to streamline the state role in the approval and and regulatory processes regarding state water projects page 3 The Windy Gap Firming Project proposes to further drain the Colorado River in Grand County Colorado and pipe the West Slope water under the continental divide to slake the growth of small cities along the northern Front Range Save The Colorado has previously commented on the extensive damage the Project would cause see letter here and argues that better alternatives focusing on water conservation and water sharing agreements farmers are cheaper faster and easier to implement The Windy Gap Firming Project would further drain and destroy

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/will-colorado-violate-the-clean-water-act/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Save The Colorado Squares Off Against Windy Gap Firming Project | Save the Colorado
    and violate federal law said Gary Wockner Executive Director of Save The Colorado The Colorado River is already on the brink of destruction from the top to the bottom it needs to be protected and restored not further drained The Windy Gap Firming Project proposes to drain at least 33 000 acre feet of new water out of the Upper Colorado River pipe it under the continental divide into a large new dam and reservoir complex west of Loveland and down into the sprawling suburban megalopolis of northern Colorado About 60 of the Upper Colorado River has already been drained out and piped to Front Range Ironically the Windy Gap Firming Project decision point also comes along at the exact same time that federal officials and water agencies throughout the Southwest U S have sounded alarm bells and launched a new program to get more water back in the Colorado River A few weeks ago the very same U S Bureau of Reclamation sent out a press release discussing the gripping drought that had reduced water levels to critically low levels and their program to protect the Colorado River The two main reservoirs in the Colorado River system Powell and Mead are at their lowest point in history and just last week the Central Arizona Project posted a story saying they were planning for the state s first Colorado River water shortage in history in 2017 If the patient is bleeding out you don t cut open a new artery to heal it that s what the Windy Gap Firming Project would do said Wockner The Bureau of Reclamation needs to stop this project in its tracks and change course towards river protection and restoration that also protects water supplies for the entire Southwest U S Save The Colorado is

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/save-the-colorado-squares-off-against-the-windy-gap-firming-project/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Colorado River Update: Is MEAT killing the Colorado River? | Save the Colorado
    known as feedlots and then the animals go to slaughterhouses where the meat is shipped all over the planet Further some of the hay that is grown in Imperial Irrigation District of Southern California as well as in all of the seven states is shipped to China to feed the burgeoning dairy industry there Making this even more problematic is that the hay is often shipped free of charge in the ginormous container ships that come to the U S loaded with Chinese retail merchandise and would otherwise go back to China empty Folks in the vegetarian and vegan movement are very quick to make claims about the water use pollution animal cruelty abysmal labor conditions etc in the meat industry The amount of water needed to produce one hamburger is also ginormous compared to the amount of water to support a vegetarian diet As just one example take a look at this New York Times column Meat Makes The Planet Thirsty Here s another story in Business Insider titled One chart sums up the real problem in the California drought and it isn t almonds click through to see a great chart in short food for cows consumes massive amounts of water in California and across the Southwest U S Finally what would the world be without People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA They have long advocated for a vegan diet and have taken hold of the drought in California and across the Southwest U S to advocate for a vegan diet In that vein this week PETA ran this Very Provocative advertisement with Pamela Anderson Click through here to see the Huffingpost story on this ad We d like to know YOUR opinion on this topic Is meat killing the Colorado River Should we all stop

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-river-update-is-meat-killing-the-colorado-river/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Media Advisory: Denver Water’s “Moffat Project” Postponed, Again | Save the Colorado
    project would increase the height of Gross Dam in Southwest Boulder County by 125 feet creating a massive wall of cement the building of which would be the biggest construction project in the county s history We are eagerly awaiting the release of the Record of Decision so that we can see if it permits this fatally flawed project that would drain another 20 000 acre feet of water out of the entire Colorado River system at the very tip top of the basin and pipe it under the continental divide over to the ever sprawling Denver megalopolis The Moffat Project would be the first new project in over two decades to potentially get permitted built to drain more water out of the river If this project got built it would make Lake Mead drop that much faster but yet Denver Water continues its fallacious flurry of p r about how they are trying to protect water supplies throughout the system Further Denver Water is proposing and threatening to build even more Trans Mountain Diversions in the future This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Recent Blog Posts Colorado River Update Former Commissioner

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Denver Water’s Moffat Project FEIS Released — a Lose-Lose Boondoggle | Save the Colorado
    may be the public s best opportunity to understand the costs and impacts of this massive scheme and to make their voices heard The 360 million 18 000 acre foot project has so far faced a headwind of controversy through the multi year permitting process and is likely to be contested for years into the future Statements from opponents of the project Denver Water proposes to spend an extraordinary amount of money to further drain the Colorado River and destroy the quality of life in rural Boulder County all to slake the thirst of Kentucky Bluegrass in our semi arid climate Instead of raising water rates to perpetuate this unsustainable behavior let s ditch the Moffat Project and focus on a real and collaborative solution conservation Chris Garre Director of The Environmental Group of Boulder County and a resident near Gross Dam Denver Water s Moffat Project is a gross disappointment it s bad for the river bad for West Slope ranchers and farmers and bad for Grand County Our headwater rivers and streams are already severely depleted and will not survive more strangling by Denver Water This project should be stopped in its tracks Geoff Elliott Grand County scientist and resident The Moffat expansion is far from a done deal This project should not be approved unless the long term health of the river is assured and our nation s environmental standards are met We and our partners are committed to keeping the Colorado River flowing McCrystie Adams Senior Attorney Earthjustice office in Denver The Colorado River is endangered from the source to the sea its flows are depleted or drained its habitat is suffering its endangered fish are on the brink of survival this river has already given more than it can The extremely controversial Moffat Project will

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/press-release-denver-waters-moffat-project-feis-released-a-lose-lose-boondoggle/ (2016-02-12)
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