In the 1980’s the City of Thornton anonymously purchased most of the
farmland surrounding the towns of Ault and Pierce, eventually owning
about 21,000 acres of land and rights to 30,263 acre-feet of water.
In a 12 year dispute that reached the Colorado Supreme Court,
Thornton converted their farmland water rights from agricultural to
municipal - a process known as “Buy and Dry”. Ault and Pierce are
now landlocked by Thornton owned land, drying up with no room to
A number of communities lie between Thornton and their water, which
they plan to access via a 70 mile pipeline through those communities,
tearing up our roads and land, devaluing our properties and creating
large scale, protracted disruption of our neighborhoods and our lives.
Why should so many communities be expected to shoulder such a terrible
burden for Thornton’s decision to purchase water many miles away from
where they intended to use it? It may be too late for Pierce and Ault,
but it’s not too late for us. We matter. Our homes, lives
and communities matter. We are not expendable to Thornton’s Pipe
We believe the social and environmental sacrifices our communities are
being expected to pay for Thornton's Pipe Dream are unconscionable.
Especially because there is a choice. There is a water delivery
option that would be beneficial to our communities rather than
An environmental stewardship opportunity...
Thornton has an unprecedented opportunity to be a good neighbor... to be an
ecological hero and a leader in environmental stewardship... to change
the course of the Poudre River’s history.
The Poudre River is our economic and ecological backbone. Rather than
diverting water out of the Poudre, as they currently do at the Larimer
County Canal, and constructing a damaging and disruptive west-east
pipeline north of town, Thornton could leave the water in the Poudre
until it reaches a takeout point near Windsor where the Poudre crosses
their southbound pipeline. The increased water flows would be
significantly beneficial to the currently ailing health of the Poudre as
it runs through Fort Collins, as well as to wetlands, environmental and
recreational resources and the communities and businesses that depend
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