Colorado River Cooperative Agreement: Trout Unlimited and other groups are going to push for more protection for the upper Colorado River

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

“The state’s namesake river is dying,” said Bud Isaacs of the Upper Colorado River Alliance, a local landowners’ group. “We’re asking the governor, state wildlife commissioners and the Department of Natural Resources to uphold their responsibility to protect our rivers.”[…]

Trout Unlimited officials said Thursday that the Denver agreement, lauded by Gov. John Hickenlooper as a “new way of doing business,” does not go far enough to protect the environment. “The present mitigation plan doesn’t get the job done,” said Mely Whiting, lawyer for Trout Unlimited’s Colorado Water Project. “And unfortunately, Denver Water and Northern are not offering adequate protections.”

Specifically, Trout Unlimited and the landowners’ groups want:

A bypass around Windy Gap.
-A halt to diversions when water temperatures are on the verge of state “impaired” standards — warm enough to kill trout.
-Adequate spring flushing flows to keep the river clean and healthy.
-A plan to monitor stream conditions.
– An endowment fund to pay for restoration projects.

“How much will it cost the state not to protect these rivers?” asked Drew Peternell, director of TU’s Colorado Water Project. “We can pay a little now — or a lot later. This is a smart investment in one of the state’s irreplaceable resources and in our quality of life.”

More Moffat Collection System Project coverage here and here.

More Windy Gap coverage here and here.

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