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
Hi Poudre River Lovers!
This Fort Collins City Council will make “legacy” decisions about the future of the Poudre River.
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Thank you for taking action!
The Save The Poudre Team
PRESS RELEASE: To Avoid Federal Permit, Thornton Continues To Drain Poudre and Wreak Havoc on NoCO Neighbors
For Immediate Release May 14, 2018 Contact: Gary Wockner, Save The Poudre, 970-218-8310 To Avoid Federal Permit, Thornton Continues to Drain the Poudre River and Proposes Massive Water Pipeline that would Wreak Havoc on NoCO Neighborhoods, Even Though "Poudre River Option" is $50 Million - $150 Million Cheaper Fort Collins, CO: Through a Colorado Open Records Act, it has been revealed that the City of Thornton has long been analyzing the "Poudre River Option" (see map here) for their Thornton Water Supply Project. That analysis indicates that the Poudre River Option could be $50 million - $150 million cheaper than a "Pipeline Option", but Thornton is almost solely choosing the Pipeline Option to avoid permitting processes, especially a federal permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The short summary presentation (posted here, dated June 3, 2014) was prepared by City of Thornton staff for the Thornton Planning Commission and the Thornton City Council back in June of 2014. The presentation contains several slides about the permitting process and the City's discussions with the Army Corps of Engineers about how to avoid the Corps permit process. The Cache la Poudre River through Fort Collins is already severely depleted, with 63% if its water drained out by farms and cities before the river reaches downtown Fort Collins. Thornton's diversion already occurs, but the amount of water -- up to 20,000 acre feet (over 6 billion gallons/year) -- proposed for the Project could be sent down the Poudre River through Fort Collins and diverted into the Thornton Pipeline downstream near Windsor, thus vitally replenishing the Poudre River through Fort Collins. In addition, the water could be sent down the river during the peak flow months of June/July/August when the water would make the river healthier for people and the environment. "Thornton has the opportunity to do the right thing. In fact, we've been talking to Thornton about this for nearly 10 years," said Gary Wockner, Director of Save The Poudre. "Running this water through Fort Collins would not only save Thornton a lot of money, it would make the river cleaner and healthier for people who recreate in the river as well as support the wetlands and riparian forest through Fort Collins." Thornton has applied for a "1041 permit" from Larimer County to run the water through a proposed massive pipeline under and along Douglas Road north of Fort Collins, through other neighborhoods north and east of Fort Collins, and down through neighborhoods near Windsor. The Larimer County Planning Commission is considering the permit on Wednesday, May 16th. If the Planning Commission approves the pipeline, the final permit authority goes to the Larimer County Commissioners at a meeting currently scheduled for July 9th. "Thornton should collaborate instead of continuing to drain the Poudre River through Fort Collins and wreaking havoc on neighborhoods," said Wockner. "Why won't Thornton collaborate? The people of Fort Collins would embrace Thornton as a good neighbor if Thornton did the right thing here." Over the last several years, Save…
Hi Poudre River Lovers! Please join us on Dec. 4th for our year-end party! We will update you on all of our work, tell you what happened this year, and what's going to happen next year with our almost-15 year fight against the Northern Integrated Supply Project. In addition, our guest speaker will be former Fort Collins City Councilmember and Sierra Club Raconteur Alan Apt who has a new book out. Published by the Colorado Mountain Club and titled, Ski and Snowshoe Routes on Colorado's Front Range, the book describes and maps the best routes all along the Front Range mountains all within easy driving distance of Larimer County. Alan will also generously donate a portion of book sales to Save The Poudre at the event! Alan has a great slideshow, and his book might make a perfect holiday gift for a snow-loving friend or family member. WHAT: SAVE THE POUDRE YEAR-END PARTY WHERE: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER, 605 S. Mason Street, Fort Collins WHEN: MONDAY, DEC. 4th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Please click thru to the Facebook event to let us know you're coming here: https://www.facebook.com/events/306486349867915/ SEE YOU THERE! THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!