For Immediate Release Oct. 1, 2018 Contact: Gary Wockner, Save The Poudre, 970-218-8310 State Must Investigate, Reveal Cause of Fish Kill on the Poudre River Fort Collins: Recent news reports have indicated that the fish kill on the Poudre River through Fort Collins has wiped out thousands of fish (see Sept 28 Coloradoan story here). Further, one of the prevailing hypotheses for the kills is warmer temperatures and lower flows in the Poudre River. Further yet, warmer temperatures and lower flows may be the exact future for the Poudre River as climate change intensifies and if the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is built. "The State must fully investigate and reveal the cause of this fish kill," said Gary Wockner of Save The Poudre. "If it is related to warmer temperatures and lower flows, then climate change and NISP could turn the river through Fort Collins into a muddy, stinking, dead ditch, not a river ever again." About 63% of the water in the Poudre River is already drained out by cities and farmers before the river reaches downtown Fort Collins. If the Northern Integrated Supply Project is built, about 40% of what's left of the peak flow of water during May and June will also be drained out (see July 20 press release here). Even worse, the proposed 'mitigation' for the huge negative impacts on the health of the river wouldn't extend downstream past LeMay Avenue in Fort Collins where the fish kill has occurred. "NISP would basically kill the Poudre River through Fort Collins," said Wockner. "The State and the Army Corps of Engineers must do a full analysis of the potential impacts of NISP including its low flows and interaction with climate change." October 4th is the deadline for comments to the Army Corps of Engineers on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for NISP. The public can send in comments to the Army Coprs by clicking through to Save The Poudre's ACTION PAGE HERE. ***end***
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Hi Poudre River Lovers! 2020 is the year that it all comes to a head, and Save The Poudre is in the fight! First, last week the State of Colorado gave a "401 Water Quality Certification" (401 Cert) to the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP). We have unleashed our scientists and attorneys on the documents and are preparing for legal battle. The 401 Cert for NISP is one of the worst we've ever seen, with almost no actual safeguards or conditions that ensure the protection of the river's health. We have now asked the State Water Quality Control Commission for a time extension to review it -- they initially gave us only 30 days -- because the documents are over 1,000 pages of technical and legal details that our team is digging through. This permitting fight will be a legal and scientific battle that is not open to the public, but it is YOUR SUPPORT that has given us the financial ability to hire attorneys and scientists. We are digging in for the fight. Second, Larimer County will soon start its permitting process for NISP. As of this writing, NISP has not yet submitted their application to the County, but it is expected in the next few weeks. As soon as the application is submitted, we will dig into that document -- also likely to be 1,000 pages -- and engage in that permitting process. This permitting process WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We will be getting back in contact with you to let you know when you can submit comments to the County Planning Commission as well as atttend hearings of the Larimer County Commissioners. Finally, NISP continues to be a "Half-Baked Boondoggle". In 2019, NISP was unable to reach an agreement with farmers to secure more than half the water for the project, and so now NISP has started buying farms in Weld County to get the water from those farms. That farm-buying process is not working out -- so far, NISP has only been able to buy three farms, totaling ~160 acres (and ~160 acre-feet of water). NISP needs to buy 22,000 acre-feet of water, which will require them to buy several hundred farms. Not only will NISP further drain and destroy the Poudre River through Fort Collins, it now proposes to be the biggest farm-buying scheme in the history of northern Colorado. Already proposed to cost $1.1 billion, NISP's farm-buying scheme -- if it is successful, which is highly speculative -- will drive the cost nearer to $1.5 billion! It's patently ridiculous -- and we believe, illegal -- that the State of Colorado, as well as Larimer County, are both considering permits for a project that doesn't even have the water rights to allow it to operate. Rest assured, we will be communicating with the State and the County about this ridiculous half-baked process. Our mission is to protect and restore the Cache la Poudre River! We've been at it for 17 years, and it's…
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***