Hi Friends of the Colorado River! Here's this week's updates for our work protecting and…
Hello Friends of the Colorado River!
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is on the verge of issuing a “Record of Decision” on two dam/diversion projects that would further drain and destroy the Colorado River to supply even more water to the sprawling Denver area metropolis, most of which will be used to keep lawns green in the semi-desert environment. However, the Corps has so far completely failed to analyze the role climate change will play if these projects move forward.
The two dam/diversion projects — Moffat Collection System Project and Windy Gap Firming Project in Grand County, Colorado — would take an average of 50,000 acre feet of new water out of the Colorado River, and in wet years they could take up to 100,000 acre feet of water out of the river — over 32 BILLION GALLONS. At the very same time, the Colorado River is already stretched beyond the breaking point downstream and on the verge of having “shortage” declarations in Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California. Further, climate change models are putting a “bullseye” on the Colorado River ecosystem and predicting that flows in the river could decrease 9%-30% in a hotter, drier climate-changed world. NASA says climate change could cause a MEGADROUGHT in the Southwest U.S.
Yet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering new dam/diversion projects without even analyzing climate change! Click here to send an email to the Army Corps.
The Environmental Impact Statement documents for these two projects must analyze climate change in order to comply with federal law. We sent the Army Corps two long technical documents about how climate change needs to be analyzed, and now its your turn to speak directly to the Army Corps. Don’t let the Army Corps issue a Record of Decision on these two projects until they analyze the role the new dams/diversions will play in escalating “shortages” and a “call on the river” as climate change further threatens the river and water supply system in the Southwest U.S.
Thank you for taking action!