EPA evaluation supports claims that new diversions will push the already ailing Colorado River toward the brink
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado River advocates will once again rally in downtown Denver today, hoping to persuade Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to take another look at a plan to divert yet-more water from the already severely depleted Upper Colorado.
The rally, set for 11 a.m.on the Capitol steps, comes just a week after the EPA weighed in on Northern Water’s Windy Gap Firming Project, which would divert even more water from Colorado River through a tunnel to the northern Front Range.
At issue is an environmental study for the project prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. While the study outlines mitigation measures that go beyond what’s been done in previous transmountain diversions, the EPA and conservation advocates don’t think it’s enough. First and foremost, a bypass is needed to ensure healthy flows below the diversion, along with more robust flushing flows and monitoring. (more…)
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