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For Immediate Release
June 7, 2019
Contact: Gary Wockner, Save The Colorado, 970-218-8310
Save The Colorado “Motions To Intervene” To Defend Boulder County Against Denver Water
Boulder County, Colorado: Today, Save The Colorado and The Environmental Group (TEG) filed a “Motion to Intervene” in the lawsuit that Denver Water is waging against Boulder County about the massive proposed expansion of Gross Dam in southwestern Boulder County (the motion is posted here). Back in March of this year, the Boulder County Commissioners voted unanimously to force Denver Water through the County’s permitting process, and Denver Water turned right around and sued Boulder County.
The motion is “supported” by Boulder County, and is “not opposed” by Denver Water.
“As non-profit citizen groups with over a thousand supporters here in Boulder County, state law give us the right and responsibility to try to intervene in this lawsuit to help defend Boulder County,” said Gary Wockner, Director of Save The Colorado. “We hope that the Boulder County District Court allows our intervention, and we believe we have a right to be a party in this case.”
Members of Save The Colorado and TEG would be directly harmed if Gross Dam is expanded because the massive construction project would cause such harms to people, property, and the environment, including:
“Boulder County has stood up strongly and loudly against the bully Denver Water in an effort to protect Boulder County’s environment, residents, and property owners, and so we are standing up to help defend Boulder County against this abuse,” said Wockner said.
For over 10 years, the citizens of Boulder County have shown resolve in the fight to stop the Gross Dam expansion: Two hearings at the Boulder County Commissioners office – one in 2013 and another in March of 2019 – have been attended by hundreds of citizens; a few thousand emails have been sent to the Boulder County Commissioners by county citizens; and citizens have banded together to provide funding to fight against Denver Water’s ridiculous proposed project. In 2018, Save The Colorado and five co-plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permitting the project.