By CHRIS WOODKA
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
Speaking on behalf of Trout Unlimited’s 150,000 national and 10,000 Colorado members, Drew Peternell said the bureau’s draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Southern Delivery System is flawed because one stated purpose and need is to develop Colorado Springs Water Rights.
“Development of water rights is not a legitimate purpose for the bureau to issue contracts for the project,” Peternell’s letter states. “Justifying SDS on a need to develop existing water rights would be analogous to justifying construction of a coal-fired power plant – not on demand for the energy – but on a purported ‘need’ to burn available coal resources.”