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  • PRESS RELEASE: Did Colorado Launch A $20 BILLION Water War Against State’s Rivers? | Save the Colorado
    Governor s press conference announcing the Plan Channel 9 News reporter Maya Rodriguez asked how much the Plan would cost to implement and James Eklund who is Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the lead author of the report replied 20 Billion Dollars Further in order to pay for it Eklund said the state taxpayers would have to foot the bill just like taxpayers did in California and Texas We need to do the same thing in Colorado and this plan is a platform to have that discussion Eklund said The controversial Draft Plan follows a day after Eklund made even more controversial comments about Colorado s role in the Southwest U S water wars As reported by the Associated Press Eklund said If anybody thought we were going to roll over and say OK California you re in a really bad drought you get to use the water that we were going to use they re mistaken The Draft Plan is extremely controversial because it proposes to put dams and diversions across many of the rivers in the state of Colorado The proposals on the Colorado River could costs billions and would likely ignite a water war throughout the Southwest U S The Colorado Water Plan is looking like a 20 billion dollar boondoggle to drain and destroy every river in the state said Gary Wockner who is director of the river protection groups Save The Poudre and Save The Colorado The Plan now enters another whole year of public review and edits In December of 2015 Governor Hickenlooper is expected to formally sign the Plan Eklund said that the 2016 State Legislature would then be expected to pass legislation to streamline permitting processes and the State government could then embark on promoting and funding a State

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  • April 1st Press Release: Upper Colorado River Basin Governors Want NO More Dams | Save the Colorado
    said Gary Wockner Executive Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign These Upper Basin states were on track to spend tens of billions of dollars or more of taxpayer dollars to build hundreds of new river destroying projects The new approach by these forward thinking Western leaders will protect the river and water supplies for future generations of people and hundreds of species of fish birds and animals The statement from the governors represents a dramatic change in their positions Over the last 12 months the biggest threat to the Colorado River has come from the upstream states Utah Colorado Wyoming and New Mexico with their proposals and plans to take even more water out of the river Specifically in recent water planning processes Colorado proposed 20 billion worth of dam and reservoir projects Utah proposed at least 15 billion Wyoming proposed 10 dams in 10 years and New Mexico endorsed a billion dollar water project Most of these proposed projects would take additional water out of the Colorado River before it gets to Lakes Powell and Mead Water levels in both lakes are at historic lows and dropping with no end in sight Previous statements made by water officials in these states made it seem like the basin was heading for a fight over water in the Colorado River Colorado s lead water official recently said If anybody thought we were going to roll over and say OK California you re in a really bad drought you get to use the water that we were going to use they re mistaken And the lead water official in Utah recently stated It s necessary to put dams on all rivers in Utah April 1 st 2015 APRIL FOOLS DAY will be seen as a historic turning point in water

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/april-1st-press-release-upper-colorado-river-basin-governors-want-no-dams/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Colorado River Update: Utah — VERY BAD Actor of the Week! | Save the Colorado
    TV news video above Boo hiss Utah What s even WORSE in Utah Get this The State of Utah government wants to build more and more dams across Utah s rivers In fact in a recent newspaper article a state water official said It s necessary to put dams on all rivers in Utah said Todd Adams deputy director for the Utah Division of Water Resources Seriously he said that And once again Zach Frankel from the Utah Rivers Council counters this nonsense in this newspaper article here by calling it a fear tactic to scare the public into supporting higher taxes for more and more unnecessary dam projects Further yet the State of Utah has outlined 32 Billion worth of water projects that includes nearly 15 Billion for new dam and reservoir projects And they ve hired a slick public relations firm to try and jam it down Utah taxpayers throats Check out this story in the Deseret News discussing the massive proposed expenditures And once again Utah River Council s Zach Frankel snaps back by saying It is an insult to try and dupe Utahns into 32 billion in debt with some flashy marketing These water districts have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars on propaganda for boondoggles like the Lake Powell Pipeline but they have no way of showing they can repay this debt without draconian increases in water rates impact fees and property taxes And if that s not enough as we ve outlined in the past year Utah is leading the United States in proposals for dirty energy projects including tar sands oil shale and fracking for oil and gas The new film Last Rush for the Wild West which we ve discussed in the blog highlights many of these threats You can watch the

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/colorado-river-update-utah-very-bad-actor-of-the-week/ (2016-02-12)
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  • The California Drought: Apocalypse Now? | Save the Colorado
    sucked their reservoirs nearly dry they ve also pumped massive amounts of water out of the ground Further across the Colorado River basin over the past 15 years the water in Lake s Powell and Mead has dropped by 25 million acre feet and the amount of water pumped out of the ground that has also not been replenished has been about 25 million acre feet Last week Jay had an op ed in the LA Times titled California has about one year of water stored Will you ration now To state this pointedly We ve tapped the surface rivers and reservoirs and the groundwater across California and the Southwest U S to lower levels than at anytime in history And there s likely no way this water can ever be replenished So what can we do about it The first thing we cannot do is drain and divert even more water out of the Colorado River which provides water to the entire Southwest U S and Southern California That s why our organization has taken a strong interest and stance in the Colorado Water Plan and the actions of the person who is writing the plan James Eklund Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board Unfortunately Eklund s plan is proposing to take a massive amount of new water out of the Colorado River at the very top of the basin in the state of Colorado thus ensuring even more dire circumstances for the river and folks downstream in Arizona Nevada and southern California Further Eklund has been saying False Information about the plan which I pointed out in this rebuttal to one of his newspaper columns So what can we do right now help send a message 1 Click through here on facebook and leave a little note

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/the-california-drought-apocalypse-now/ (2016-02-12)
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  • James Eklund’s “False Information” about the Colorado Water Plan | Save the Colorado
    Third and following from above Mr Eklund says there was agreement from water interests statewide So Not True For example the basin plan from the South Platte and Denver Metro areas calls for dramatic new large dams and diversions from the state s rivers including the Colorado River while the West Slope basin plan calls for no new or only very small diversions Further yet the 18 conservation groups noted above and representing over 100 000 members in Colorado put public comments in a letter and a video calling for no new diversions at all but our comments were completely ignored in the draft plan Fourth Eklund insinuates the 13 000 public comments he received about the plan agree with what s in the plan draft Again not true About 12 500 of those comments came from members of the state s many conservation groups who called for no new or only limited new dams and diversions on the state s rivers and a much greater focus on higher levels of urban conservation recycling water and protecting our rivers Mr Eklund has been fond of saying the process has been the biggest public input effort in the state s history but he completely neglects to say that roughly 90 percent of that input came from conservation minded citizens whose views are not represented by what s in the draft plan Finally Eklund says everyone has agreed to accelerate dam diversion projects and shorten the federal regulatory process Completely untrue Thousands of public comments said nothing of or agreed to no such thing Further the federal regulatory process was enacted in the 1960s and 70s to ensure the public trust and the protection of America s natural resources for past present and future generations Nothing is more important than making sure

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/james-eklunds-false-information-about-the-colorado-water-plan/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Press Release: Eighteen Groups Give Hickenlooper Input on State Water Plan | Save the Colorado
    any new diversions from Colorado s rivers Prioritize river restoration This is the time to act said McCrystie Adams staff attorney at Earthjustice River flows are expected to plunge in the coming years as our climate grows warmer and the mountain snowpack is disrupted What will happen to our rivers and the life they support if we are already diverting all of the flows that we physically can The groups letter highlights that seven extremely controversial projects are going through state and federal permitting processes including the Halligan Project Seaman Project Bellvue Pipeline Northern Integrated Supply Project Windy Gap Firming Project Moffat Project and Chatfield Project The groups recommend that these projects be put on hold and that Healthy Alternatives be prepared that don t divert more water out of Colorado s rivers The groups also point out that some of the participants in these projects are selling increasing amounts of water for fracking which is further degrading Colorado s rivers One of the projects Denver Water s Moffat Collection System Project is scheduled to have its Final Environmental Impact Statement released in April The groups are especially concerned about the Moffat Project Too much of our drinking quality water is being wasted growing non native lawns in our semi arid climate said Chris Garre of The Environmental Group which is addressing the threat of the Moffat Project Seizing the opportunity presented by the Colorado Water Plan to meet future supply needs by prioritizing simple conservation is a no brainer Nevertheless Denver Water is instead proposing to divert still more water off the Fraser River 85 of its natural flows effectively killing the river The groups are responding to a call for input by the Governor Colorado Water Conservation Board and Interbasin Compact Committee The Water Plan is supposed to

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  • Colorado River Update! Drought, Dams, Pipelines, Paddleboards, and Climate Action Plans! | Save the Colorado
    California who are pushing water agencies to conserve more water 3 State legislatures are now in session across the basin and are making decisions most of them bad about dams and water management The Utah legislature is considering a bill to support a statewide sales tax to help fund the multi billion dollar boondoggle of the Lake Powell Pipeline read about it here The Colorado legislature is considering a bill to study a massive pipeline from the Missouri River to bring water across the great plains to Colorado read about it here And on the bright side the New Mexico legislature is considering bills to clamp down on the Governor s Commission that pushed through the Gila River Diversion read about it here Save The Colorado keeps track of these legislative bills and communicates with the public and the media about their impact on the Colorado River ecosystem 4 Want to have some fun this spring try a Stand Up Paddleboard race Save The Colorado is supporting two paddleboard races that are coming up The first is with the Los Angeles Waterkeeper called Stand Up For Clean Water on April 18th in Malibu click through here to register The second is on the Colorado River itself called the Back of Beyond Stand Up Paddle Race in Moab on May 9th click through here to register The Back of Beyond race is generously donating some of their proceeds to Save The Colorado go team 5 Deadbeat Dams is published Former Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation Dan Beard has just published a book that will very likely have everyone in the Colorado River basin talking Titled Deadbeat Dams Why we need to abolish the Bureau of Reclamation and tear down Glen Canyon Dam click here to visit the book s website the book has gotten several rave reviews including from Robert F Kennedy Jr who said Deadbeat Dams is a courageous book and much needed Dams kill rivers Deadbeat Dams restores rivers and our hope for a sustainable future Save The Colorado believes that Deadbeat Dams is a must read and an important part of the conversation about the future management of the Colorado River basin 6 What are we doing for the International Day of Action for Rivers We re having a party Save The Colorado is once again joining The Environmental Group of Boulder County Colorado in the Rocky Mountain River Celebration We are raising money to protect the river and will be joining friends and colleagues including famous nature writer Craig Childs at Upslope Brewing in Boulder click here to see the invitation If you are in or around Boulder on Saturday March 14th join us You can also listen to this short radio interview on KGNU about the Celebration click here to listen 7 What s going on with the Colorado Water Plan Save The Colorado is in the trenches fighting against the powers that be to push this plan in a better direction so that it

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Missouri River Pipeline Bill Highlights Fiscal Irresponsibility of Colorado Water Plan | Save the Colorado
    extremely controversial process around the Colorado Water Plan has dragged on for eighteen months and will continue through the end of 2015 The plan is proposed to be a policy guide to provide water to new population growth much of which would take place in sprawling suburbs along the Denver megalopolis In Colorado and throughout the Southwest U S fifty percent or more of municipal water is used in sprawling suburbs to keep Kentucky blue grass green in semi desert environments The Colorado Water Plan highlights how ridiculous and expensive it is to use precious water to grow grass said Wockner But to be sarcastic if we re going to use the water to grow Kentucky bluegrass then why not import water from around Kentucky to keep it green it could be a lot cheaper than the Colorado Water Plan right The Missouri River Pipeline concept is still moving forward whether Colorado participates or not See Circle of Blue news service article In fact a report on the Pipeline concept was just released by the Army Corps of Engineers in January 2015 The proposal in the Basin Study was to divert 600 000 acre feet of Missouri River water to Colorado which is about 1 of the 60 million acre foot average flow in the Missouri River However both the Colorado Water Plan and Missouri River Pipeline bill highlight why cheaper faster easier alternatives should also be studied and implemented first Save The Colorado urges state agencies to study a Healthy Rivers Alternative much like what was prepared for the Cache la Poudre River of Northern Colorado Called A Better Future for the Poudre River the reported indicated that the water needs of one proposed dam reservoir project to support new growth could be satisfied by focusing on water conservation

    Original URL path: http://www.savethecolorado.org/blog/press-release-missouri-river-pipeline-bill-highlights-fiscal-irresponsibility-of-colorado-water-plan/ (2016-02-12)
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