Speak up on Windy Gap
December 23, 2008
Now is the time for public comment on the Windy Gap Firming Project. In August, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released the draft environmental impact statement on the Windy Gap Firming Project. If approved, the project will increase water imports from the Colorado River for storage in a large new reservoir near Carter Lake.
The project would supply water to northern Front Range cities. The project would permanently remove water from the upper Colorado River during the months of May through August; healthy river flows during these months are critical for the local economy, as well as for the health of the river. The draft environmental impact statement estimates that we could see reductions of up to 24 percent in flows. This reduction will impact all of us living on the Western Slope of Colorado and beyond.
Please take a moment to submit a citizen’s comment, asking the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that the needs of the Colorado River are balanced with the needs for Front Range water supplies. The deadline for public comment is Dec. 29. The water demands for this project could be fulfilled by conservation efforts on the Front Range.