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Moffat/Gross Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

The Army Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement on April 25, 2014 with a 45-day public comment period: http://goo.gl/aZF9Np

TEG submitted a 104-page comment letter, co-signed by Save the Colorado and Save the Poudre, which is posted below.
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Appropriate Solutions

Detailed analysis of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement has revealed that the data used for calculating the impending shortfall of water supply does not take into account Denver Water's past decade of conservation efforts. If the calculations are updated with the most current data, no shortfall whatsoever is predicted. In fact, a surplus is revealed. Thus, the Moffat Collection System Project cannot be justified by claims of a water shortfall.

The water is not needed. What is needed is a transformation to responsible water use strategies. While is it easy even for the layman to see that all three challenges put forth by Denver Water would be addressed quicker, more directly, and far more cost-effectively via increased conservation efforts, the proposed Moffat Collection System Project does nothing to further real water conservation strategies. In fact, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement explicitly dismisses water conservation as a legitimate solution to address the claimed challenges.

Given Denver Water's outright denial of the obvious solution, the citizens of Colorado have no choice but to pressure the utility into re-evaluating its decision to pursue an expansion of Gross Reservoir.

The Role of TEG

TEG (The Environmental Group) is a longtime proponent of environmental preservation and conservation in the regions that would be affected by the Moffat Collection System Project.  As such, TEG has established working relationships with public officials and nearby conservation groups, as well as cultivated a respected, leadership-role in the community with regard to environmental issues.

TEG is the core group coordinating action to deal with the proposed expansion of Gross Reservoir and is currently undertaking numerous approaches.  Join the effort and stay informed by becoming a member of TEG or by making a tax-deductible donation.

Residential Livability Issues

In the 50 years since the original construction of Gross Reservoir, more than 10,000 homes have been built in the surrounding area. The impacts on livability of these residences during the estimated 4 years of construction are many and severe:

  • 44-72 daily round trips of semi-trucks hauling sand and supplies (a truck every 6-10 minutes);
  • On-site blasting of rock to extract aggregate needed for concrete;
  • Construction of and operation of an on-site concrete manufacturing facility;
  • The use ofhydro-axes and helicopters in the removal and destruction of30,000 trees;
  • Perpetual dust issues exacerbated by a notoriously windy construction area;
  • And total annihilation of the existing shoreline, leaving nearly 400 acres of barren landscape exposed.

The effect of these impacts, along with many others not listed here, will be detrimental to residential life in the area, dropping home values significantly and destroying the rental market during the construction period.

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