Moffat Collection System Project: U.S. Representative Jared Polis, while not taking a stand yet, is expressing ‘increasing concern’

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From the Boulder Daily Camera (Laura Snider):

“(Polis) is not taking a position on the Gross Reservoir expansion yet,” said Andy Schultheiss, district director for the Democratic congressman’s Boulder office. “But we’ve been studying the issue for quite some time now, and we’re increasingly concerned. … We’re going to pursue this in the next couple of weeks.” Schultheiss gave his comments at a public meeting in Nederland on Tuesday night that was organized by state Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, to discuss the reservoir project. Half a dozen staffers from Denver Water were on hand for two hours to answer questions from the more than 40 residents who attended the meeting…

Schultheiss is concerned about the quality of the draft environmental impact statement prepared for the project, which he called “a piece of junk.” He also said alternatives to meeting Denver’s water demands need to be more fully explored…

“It seems to me that what needs to happen here is that we need to slow down and take another look at the big picture of water supply on the Front Range,” he said…

Levy also has concerns about the project, including whether stricter conservation measures can be put into place before more water is diverted from the already depleted Fraser River — a tributary of the Colorado River — across the continental divide in Grand County. “I don’t feel that they’ve adequately justified the need for the project,” she said.

More Moffat Collection System Project coverage here and here.

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