Hi Poudre River Lovers! After 15 years, it appears the "Final Environmental Impact Statement" for NISP will be released in May or June. We have word from the City of Fort Collins that the timeline is likely, and so we need to gear up! We have a team of scientists and attorneys who standing by to sink their teeth into the documents. We've been at it for 15 years, and we're just getting warmed up! We also ask all of you -- our AMAZING supporters -- to also gear up! We will need volunteers to help review the document, and we will need funding to help pay scientific experts. Stay tuned for more updates! Gary Wockner Director, Save The Poudre
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At the end of Nov. 2017, we launched this new website! We believe it will be easier, faster, and more mobile for you all to stay in touch with us and learn what we are doing. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we finalize it.
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For Immediate Release June 20, 2019 Contact: Gary Wockner, Save The Poudre, 970-218-8310 SAVE THE POUDRE TRIES TO DEFEND LARIMER COUNTY AGAINST THE CITY OF THORNTON LAWSUIT Poudre River: This week, Save The Poudre filed a "motion to intervene" (posted here) to defend Larimer County against the lawsuit filed by the City of Thornton. The lawsuit tries to overturn a unanimous decision by the Larimer County Commissioners to "deny" the Thornton Pipeline from diverting Poudre River water upstream of Fort Collins and piping it across the county and down to Thornton. Save The Poudre believes the organization has a strong right to intervene and is optimistic the court will allow intervention: Save The Poudre literally started this issue 10 years ago by reaching out to Thornton. Save The Poudre kept in touch with Thornton over the years. Save The Poudre originally brought the "Poudre River Option" to the attention of the Douglas Road neighbors (a coalition now called "No Pipedream"). Save The Poudre participated in all of the Larimer County hearings and Working Group processes, arguing for the Poudre River Option. Thornton discussed the Poudre River Option at length during the County hearings, and also offered the County to put a small part of its water rights back in the Poudre. The issue is solely about Poudre River water and whether to run some or all of the Thornton water rights down the Poudre. "Our organization and our members have a right to be in this case because this case directly impacts our mission to 'protect and restore the Cache la Poudre River of northern Colorado,' said Gary Wockner, Director of Save The Poudre. The City of Thornton has initially "opposed" Save The Poudre's intervention, but the judge has now given Thornton 30 days to formally respond to Save The Poudre's full motion. "It's completely ridiculous that Thornton opposes our intervention," said Wockner. "We have every right to defend Larimer County, represent the Poudre River, and represent our members in this lawsuit." ***end***
Hi Poudre River Lovers! We have good news. Our wonderful partners at Patagonia, the outdoor gear/apparel company, will match your donation to Save The Poudre, up to $10,000, starting today through the end of 2019. The donation link is here: https://www.patagonia.com/actionworks/grantees/save-the-poudre-poudre-waterkeeper/donate/ Patagonia will securely process your donation and then transfer the money to Save The Poudre. We are especially excited to partner with Patagonia in this matching grant campaign because they are one of the leading voices on the planet for fighting dams and protecting rivers. Patagonia is also one of our leading funders! What did Save The Poudre accomplish in 2019? Helped stop the Thornton Pipeline dead in its tracks! Intervened in state district court against the City of Thornton to defend the Larimer County Commissioners against Thornton's lawsuit. Saw through the construction of the amazing Poudre River Whitewater Park, a project that we initiated back in 2010! Filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Colorado to stop the proposed Windy Gap Water Project in Colorado. Intervened with the Larimer County permitting process against the Northern Integrated Supply Project ("NISP"), the massive proposed dam project we've been fighting for 17 years. Intervened with the State of Colorado permitting project against NISP. Filed more comments with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers against NISP. Kept the Poudre River's voice alive to the public, in the media, and throughout the northern Colorado region. And more! When you donate to Save The Poudre, we get right to work! Patagonia Action Works is a wonderful partner putting your money into action. Please donate here through Patagonia Action Works and help us protect this amazing river! The donation link is here: https://www.patagonia.com/actionworks/grantees/save-the-poudre-poudre-waterkeeper/donate/ Thank you for your support! Gary Wockner, Director, Save The Poudre.