Here’s your chance to weigh in on Windy Gap Firming |

Here’s your chance to weigh in on Windy Gap Firming

Kirk Klancke
Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The Windy Gap Firming Project has one more permit process to go through right here in Grand County.

This process is the 1041 permit and it allows our county commissioners to set mitigation requirements for the project. The county is negotiating enhancements to help the degradation that we are already experiencing in the Colorado River below the Windy Gap reservoir but without additional mitigation for the new project, the enhancements will not solve all of the issues facing the river. We need to make sure that our elected officials here in Grand County require all of the mitigation needed to protect the Upper Colorado River below Windy Gap from the new Windy Gap Firming project.

This is our best opportunity as individuals to influence the permit process. This influence can be exercised through letters or emails to the commissioners or by attending the public hearings in the commissioners’ board room on Aug. 1 and 2. Trout Unlimited suggests that your letters should include these points:

∞ Identify yourself and your connection to our County, our County’s economy and to the river.

∞ Ask that enhancements committed be part of the 1041 permit.

∞ Windy Gap pumping has to stop when stream temperatures near state acute and chronic standards and no pumping should be allowed after July 15.

∞ Northern should be required to not just study the bypass around the Windy Gap reservoir but pay for it too.

∞ Northern must be required through the 1041 permit to work with Grand County to monitor the flushing flows and provide an adequate flushing flow to keep sediment from collecting in the river and the aquatic habitat healthy.

∞ Northern must fund a robust stream monitoring program that can accurately track the health of the aquatic species in the river and react to any declines that can’t be explained by normal fluctuation.

This is your chance to influence the future of the headwaters of the Colorado River. If you were wondering what you could do to help, this is your best opportunity. Please write your letter and come to the hearing to speak.

Send your letter to:

Grand County Commissioners

PO Box 264

Hot Sulphur Springs, Co. 80451

Send your email to:

Attend the 1041 permit hearing on Aug. 1 and 2 in the commissioners’ board room.

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