Windy Gap Firming Project will harm the Colorado River in Grand County
December 14, 2008
To the Editor:
DO NOT approve the Windy Gap Firming Project.
Downstream Colorado River flows are already too low to prevent silt accumulation, affecting fish reproduction.
Low water flows caused by the existing diversion of water from the river already facilitate algal growth that is potentially harmful to fish habitat and water quality.
Studies showing increasing brown trout populations as proof of river health fail to factor in the demise of rainbow trout due to whirling disease as it may reflect an unhealthy river and makes habitat available for brown trout to expand into.
The Front Range communities that will benefit from the project could do much more to conserve and recycle water at lower dollar and environmental costs than Windy Gap.
Finally, the issue of the health of the Colorado River is no longer one of water rights and laws ” it is about the morality of continuing to degrade the riparian environment of many from Colorado to Mexico for the “hydro-greed” of a few Denver suburbanites.
DO NOT approve the Windy Gap Firming Project. The greening of sod along the Front Range should not come at the expense of the algal greening of the Colorado River.