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Colorado River Update: Help Us Protect The Colorado River and Defend Boulder County!

Hi Friends of the Colorado River!

We need your help!

The proposed massive expansion of Gross Dam in Boulder County, Colorado, by Denver Water would further drain the Colorado River to build the tallest dam in the history of Colorado. The project would also be the biggest construction project in Boulder County history causing immense negative impacts to local homeowners, roads, and the environment. In a supreme bout of arrogance, Denver Water claimed they didn’t even need a permit from Boulder County to expand the dam — the Boulder County Commissioners unanimously disagreed on March 14th and voted to force Denver Water through the County’s permitting process.

Well, in another bout of arrogance, Denver Water has now turned around and sued Boulder County, arguing again that Denver Water should not have to get a permit from the County for this massive destructive dam project. (See story in the Boulder Daily Camera here.) We will “intervene” in the court proceeding to Defend Boulder County and support the County Commissioners’ vote to force Denver Water through the local permitting process. Our attorneys are drafting the “Motion to Intervene” which we expect to file in the next few weeks.

You can help us by donating to support our legal work — click here to donate online.

Thank you for your support!


We have changed the date of our San Juan River raft trip to July 30th – August 3rd. We’d love to have you join us, along with OARS Whitewater Rafting.
Click here to read more about the raft trip — this should be a warm, relaxing trip with good water flowing in the San Juan. This trip is a fundraiser for Save The Colorado — each year OARS very generously offers a trip to us to help support our work to protect the Colorado River from new dams and diversions.

During the trip, you’ll hear about the ecological health of the river, all the proposed new dams and diversions, and why our work is critically important to keep this river flowing and alive. You’ll also have fun! Join us!

Stay tuned for all of the action, and thank you again for your support!

Gary Wockner, Director, Save The Colorado.

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