Grand County concerns about Windy Gap Firming Project need to be heard
November 19, 2008
To the Editor:
The need for water is a problem but not a complete disaster, yet. The article in the Sky-Hi Daily News, “Windy Gap Firming Proponents Mindful About Effects” on Nov. 18, by Jill Boyd, representative of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (NCWCD), was informative in reciting the problem with intent and incentive without requirement.
“The Subdistrict is committed to addressing impacts caused by the project ” and we can only do that if we fully understand what those are.”
If this statement is one of true intent and concern, then where is the comprehensive Environmental Impact Study defining the environmental issues surrounding greater water diversion inclusive of requests made by Grand County’s concerned residents?
Where is the consideration of flushing flows?
If they, the NCWCD, truly want to “fully understand” the issues, they have to completely understand the environmental impact and its potential effect on the economy. The Draft Environment Impact Study (DEIS) was an incomplete start and alone does not address many of the direct and indirect effects to our economy.
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The NCWCD would lead us to believe that the communities along the Front Range “are committed to conserving water.” They speak of incentives offered to “developers who install Xeriscape landscapes that use at least 20 percent less water than a typical landscape. And the city of Greeley’s extensive conservation program includes free irrigation audits to customers who want to learn how to improve the efficiency of their sprinkler systems.”
Do we need a disaster to change incentives to requirements? Are passive rewards for voluntary education enough to sacrifice our environment and economy? The people of Grand County need to stand and be recognized. Hindsight can no longer be the only part of our action. We need foresight with true environmental and economic understanding.
The decisions being made with regard to the water in this valley will affect us for generations. Please step up and write your concerns to the address below. Have a voice and toe the line!
Send Concerns to:
Will Tully, Bureau of Reclamation
11056 W. County Road 18E
Loveland, CO 80537
(fax) (970) 663-3212
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