Keep the Poudre River Flowing
STOP NORTHERN WATER'S DAM AND PIPELINE PROJECT
STOP THORNTON'S PIPE DREAM
Our mission is to avoid pipelines through northern Fort Collins' neighborhoods.
We want to be a strong voice to influence BOTH the City of Thornton and the Northern Integrated Storage Project to do the right thing by all Fort Collins residents: LEAVE THEIR WATER IN THE POUDRE RIVER.
** This article, plus a map of the proposed pipeline route, is in the Thornton page of this website. (see menu at top of this page) **
It's summertime, and apparently time for the Thornton City Council to apply for another 1041 for their pipeline. From all appearances, nothing has significantly changed from their last application.
Read about Thornton's "new" pipeline plan here.
You will recall the former Larimer County Commissioners denied Thornton's pipeline 5 years ago. Thornton sued the County and lost in State District Court. Thornton appealed that decision and lost AGAIN in State Court of Appeals. Regarding this new 1041 application Gary Wockner of Save the Poudre says, "We don't have any indication that Thornton has changed anything whatsoever, and so we aren't changing anything either. Our response 5 years ago was "Keep The Water In The Poudre" and that will be our response again."
No Pipe Dream is in agreement with that statement!
In Thornton's lawsuit against Larimer County, they tried to use the argument that NISP was approved using a very similar route (shown above) to their proposed route so Thornton should also have gotten approval. That argument was not accepted, as Thornton filed their 1041 before NISP.
Karen Wagner of No Pipe Dream says, "Thornton will likely attempt to double the damages by following the same route through properties and neighborhoods."
No Pipe Dream's attorney, John Barth, has stopped Thornton in Larimer County, in District Court and in the State Court of Appeals.
With your support, John will continue to represent our interests in the battles ahead.
All donations to NPD go toward legal representation.
Please contribute now so we can again defeat the Thornton Water Project.
Please make out your checks to:
No Pipe Dream Corporation
PO Box 2465 Fort Collins, CO 80522 or go to the link below.
Save the Poudre is another organization that has done a
tremendous amount of work and needs your help!
Donate to them at
Save The Poudre Waterkeeper
PO Box 20
Fort Collins, CO 80522
We have stopped Thornton before and we intend to do it again.This summer the heat is on from Mother Nature, and from Thornton. We will keep you posted!
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This newsletter from NPD will remind you of the battle we're in with Northern Integrated Supply Project.
Click here for a reminder of the NISP project and resistance activities.
Following the Weld County Board of Commissioner decision to deny the City of Thornton's application to build a water pipeline through the County, Thornton intends to use a state statute to overrule the commissioner's decision.
Read the article in the Northglen Thornton Sentinel.
Please look at the article that immediately follows these notifications.
Gary Wockner of Save the Poude has proposed a method that, if chosen, would maintain flows in the Poudre River and negate the need for expensive and destructive pipelines.
Thornton Water Project encounters another large hurdle.
Read the article in the Brighton Standard Blade newspaper.
The following is a letter from Gary Wocker PhD, Executive Director of Save the Poudre. In it, he proposes a "Working Group" to study the very real possibility that water runoff from Fort could be cleaned to a level that would satisfy both Thornton and NISP requirements. He uses the processes and results of the company AbTech Industries as an example to kick off the discussion.
By cleaning the runoff, he notes, the main flow of the Poudre could be maintained with all the benefits that brings. It would no longer be necessary to divert water north of Fort Collins using expensive and destructive pipelines.
Hi Larimer County Commissioners, Fort Collins City Council and Staff:
Today, Save The Poudre released a short report about "Cleaning the Poudre River so it can be used as a conveyance for water supply". The report is here:
Because many of you are new on the job (Welcome!), I'll provide a little background summary:
Both the Thornton Pipeline and NISP claim they can't run all of their water rights down the Poudre River through Fort Collins because the water quality in the river is too dirty due to the City's stormwater runoff. While that may, or may not, be true, there are engineering solutions that can "clean" stormwater before it runs into the Poudre. These solutions are cost-effective, environmentally sound, and proven in other municipalities around the U.S.
We consulted with AbTech Industries (https://www.abtechindustries.com/) to provide some estimations of technologies and costs for cleaning the City's stormwater before it runs into the Poudre. Our report, as well as AbTech's website, provide lots of examples and photographs for you to consider.
Long-story short: All water providers can use the Poudre River as a conveyance, which would provide the following benefits:
• Increase quality-of-life for City and County residents,
• Preservation of the environment and natural habitat along the Poudre River corridor,
• Maintaining or increasing flows for recreation including at the new downtown Fort Collins Whitewater Park,
• Increase water quality and cleanliness in the Poudre River.
AbTech's staff and CEO would be happy to come to Fort Collins and meet with any Larimer County or Fort Collins officials or staff. I would be happy to meet or discuss also.
Save The Poudre requests that the County and City convene a "Working Group" to examine cleaning the Poudre River so it can be used as a conveyance for water supply.
Thank you for considering our request.
Gary Wockner, PhD
Executive Director, Save the Poudre
We need your support now, more than ever. OUR NEW GOAL IS $45,000.
We know many of you have generously supported No Pipe Dream and, in doing so, have played a vital role in making so many of our voices heard. We cannot thank you enough.
We use your money wisely; won’t you consider giving to continue our efforts? Our lawyer will be involved in providing direction to working group members and writing legal positions as we go forward.
Where Your Dollars Go - 81% lawyer fees, 13% hired experts (hydrologists), 4% yard signs, 2% administration.
Any river is really the summation of the whole valley. To think of it as nothing but water is to ignore the greater part.
(Hal Borland, This Hill, This Valley)
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