Grand County water quality should not suffer for the Front Range’s sake
July 15, 2010
The need for water in the Front Range will obviously continue to rise with Colorado’s exploding population. However, we also need to examine the quality of the water that Coloradans have access to.
Degrading Grand Lake to an even murkier level to give the Front Range high-quality water does not seem to be an acceptable option to those of us in Grand County. But why is the water quality in the Northern Front Range so poor?
For the answer you may want to ask Cargill, Coors, and Xcel, who have made the South Platte River the 17th most polluted waterway in the country.
According to a recent report by Environment Colorado, Cargill alone puts over 2.5 million pounds of toxic materials into the South Platte every year. Further upstream, the Cherokee Power Plant run by Xcel is No. 1 in the state for releasing developmental and reproductive toxins. Additionally, Coors has continued to release just under a quarter million pounds of toxins into Clear Creek annually.
To see rivers in Colorado so degraded is heartbreaking. These industries need to be held accountable for what they are doing to Colorado’s water.
Grand Lake should not have to suffer the consequences of poorly regulated water policy on the Front Range.