Solving the Upper Colorado River crisis
June 16, 2011
Why is it that the state agencies headed by the Division of Natural Resources are allowing trans-mountain diverters to kill the Upper Colorado River?
The Colorado Division of Wildlife, Trout Unlimited and many other concerned groups have been pointing out for years that the upper Colorado River from Windy Gap Reservoir downstream to the confluence with the Blue River is Colorado’s most impaired river.
The river has lost the famed Colorado River rainbow trout, sculpin, six varieties of stoneflies, numerous large mayfly species, and the brown trout are decreasing in size and quantity. The water quality they leave us stinks.
What the diverters are offering is purely symptomatic. There is a simple solution that will help fix the problem: TAKE WINDY GAP DAM OFF CHANNEL.
Windy Gap is a 100-acre, 4.5 feet deep reservoir that stores water to be trans-shipped to the East Slope. Only after a bypass is constructed around the reservoir for the Colorado River will other mitigation efforts be helpful in fixing the river. Our water needs to be a shared resource.
The state agencies need to recommend to the federal agencies who will make the final decisions that they should allow no more diversions until they fix the mess they’ve created.