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…
Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers informed the public that the permitting process for the two proposed new dams and diversion out of the Upper Colorado River in the state of Colorado would be postponed until “2017.”See link: https://savethecolorado.newmedia1.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/161021Front-Range-Water-Supply-Report.pdf
The “Moffat Collection System Project” proposes to take a new 15,000 acre feet of water out of the river; the “Windy Gap Firming Project” proposes to take a new 30,000 feet of water out of the river.
“These projects would further drain and destroy the Colorado River and its tributaries,” said Gary Wockner, Director of Save The Colorado. “At the very same time that the Colorado River hovers near an ‘official shortage’ and the combined storage in lakes Mead and Powell are near the lowest point in history, the best thing the Corps could do is postpone these projects forever.”
The Moffat Project proposes to build the “Tallest Dam In The History Of Colorado” at 460 feet.