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.
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!
Director, Save The Poudre
PRESS RELEASE: Larimer County Unleashes 42-Day Permitting Process For Massive Proposed Dam Amidst Pandemic
For Immediate Release March 24,2020 Contact: Gary Wockner, Save The Poudre, 970-218-8310 PRESS RELEASE: Larimer County Unleashes 42-Day Permitting Process For Massive Proposed Dam Amidst Pandemic Fort Collins: Today, the Larimer County Commissioners created a 42-day permitting process for the biggest, most environmentally destructive, most controversial project in Larimer County history, all amidst the global coronavirus pandemic that has paralyzed Colorado's government and economy. The first public hearing is set for May 6th. The permitting documents made publicly available today include 62 highly technical documents totaling 911 pages (see County webpage here), which is the culmination of a 17-year process to create a permit for the proposed "Northern Integrated Supply Project" (NISP), a massive proposed dam and pipeline project that would further drain and destroy the Cache la Poudre River through Fort Collins. NISP proposes a massive dam and reservoir near homes that adamantly oppose it, a highway relocation near neighbors that oppose it, and two huge pipelines, one of which would go through neighborhoods that vehemently oppose it. In fact, just last year, hundreds of neighbors and Fort Collins citizens turned out for multiple public hearings against the Thornton Pipeline which would have gone along the exact same route proposed by NISP (Above: a photo of public participants at one of the hearings). The Larimer County Commissioners unanimously denied the Thornton Pipeline and the project is now in court. The permitting process for NISP -- called a "1041 permit" -- is proposed exactly when Governor Polis has ordered statewide "social distancing" and the closure of businesses, and when -- just yesterday -- the Larimer County Dept of Public Health said it was considering a county-wide "shelter-in-home" order (see Coloradoan story today here). "The Larimer County Commissioners must indefinitely suspend this 1041 permitting process for NISP until the pandemic passes and the public engagement process can be normalized," said Gary Wockner, director of Save The Poudre. "The public participation window of 42 days is insanely short for this massive technical project, and creating this public process for this extremely controversial project during the coronavirus pandemic violates all standards of government ethics and transparency, and likely violates Larimer County landuse regulations requiring public participation." ***end***
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 25, 2018 For Further Information Contact: Karen Wagner, 970-227-7437 THORNTON'S 1041 APPLICATION SHOULD BE WITHDRAWNUNTIL PHASES 2 & 3 OF THE THORNTON NORTHERN PROJECT ARE MADE PUBLIC Based on Thornton’s own admissions in today’s (4/25/18) Rocky Mountain Collegian article, the grassroots No Pipe Dream organization, Save the Poudre and the citizens of Larimer County call on the Larimer County Planning Department to inform the City of Thornton that its 1041 application is premature and should be withdrawn, until all present and future impacts of the city’s water transfers on land uses in Larimer County can be satisfactorily demonstrated. In the Collegian article, Thornton officials admit that multiple pipelines could be needed in Larimer County in the future; Thornton’s current 1041 application is limited to a single pipeline. Additionally the city stated that it was currently uncertain as to when the Denver suburb will need to deliver more water from the Cache la Poudre River in Larimer County. Both statements are at odds with Thornton’s most recent contentions that a single 48” pipeline will be sufficient to meet the city’s needs until 2065 and that the 3-phase project doesn’t include additional raw water or return flow pipelines.No Pipe Dream, Save the Poudre and the citizens of Larimer County publicly call for the City of Thornton to withdraw its 1041 pipeline application for Phase 1 of the Thornton Northern Project, until such time that Thornton adequately lays out the full scope of the 3-phase project, provides a timeline and project description for Phase 2 and Phase 3, and discloses all present and future impacts to land uses in Larimer County as is required by the land use code. If Thornton declines to withdraw its current, Phase 1 application, we ask the Larimer County Planning Department, in consultation with the Larimer County Commissioners, to once again cancel the upcoming hearings based on a 1041 application that is premature, piecemeal, incomplete and fails to comply with the requirements of the land use code. As residents of Larimer County, we believe it would be a dereliction of duty for the Larimer County Planning Commission and the County Commissioners to consider or approve the current 1041 application without full disclosure of all present and future land use impacts of Thornton’s water transfers and the Northern Water Project . If Thornton cannot evaluate all present and future impacts at this time, the City should withdraw its application and reapply when all of those impacts can be substantiated. # # # Submitted by Karen Wagner (email@example.com) on behalf of the No Pipe Dream Steering Committee and Gary Wockner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Save The Poudre