PRESS RELEASE: FERC moves forward with hydro project near Lake Powell, Conservation groups vow to fight
FERC moves forward with pumped storage hydro project near Lake Powell Conservation groups vow to…
For Immediate Release
July 8, 2017
Contact: Gary Wockner, Save The Colorado, 970-218-8310
Boulder County, CO: On Thursday, July 6, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave a permit for Denver Water’s proposed massive Gross Dam expansion in Boulder County which would further drain and deplete the Colorado River of nearly five billion gallons of water every year (15,000 acre feet).
The proposed dam would be the tallest in the history of Colorado, at 471 feet, and be the biggest construction project in Boulder County history. Regional environmental groups as well as hundreds of homeowners in the area of the proposed dam strongly oppose the project (which is formally called the “Moffat Collection System Project”) and are eyeing a lawsuit to overturn the Army Corps’ decision.
The groups claim that the Corps’ decision violates the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act because:
“We believe the Army Corps has violated the law,” said Gary Wockner of Save The Colorado who is leading a coalition of groups to fight the project. “Denver Water doesn’t need the water, the Colorado River is already severely drained and depleted, and the people of Boulder County don’t want the project. The courts need take a hard look at this decision.”
The Army Corps’ decision was made in the Omaha office which is the same office that recently made the permit decision for Standing Rock, a decision which was overturned by a federal court on June 14, 2017 because it also violated the National Environmental Policy Act.
“Every American river deserves its day in court and the Colorado River deserves the best legal defense we can give it,” continued Wockner[Graphic about Denver Water’s water use below]