Denver Water Plan Draws Environmental Concerns

CBS4 Denver
Paul Day

WINTER PARK, Colo. (CBS4) ― Tumbling off a mountainside near Winter Park, Jim Creek carries a healthy volume of snowmelt until it flows smack into a concrete structure.

“This … is built to divert water,” explains Kirk Klancke, a fly fisherman and Grand County resident.

The structure does its job well. On the downstream side, all that’s left is barely a trickle.

Jim Creek is one of many tributaries to the Fraser River. In this valley, Denver Water operates dozens of diversion structures that siphon water from what would naturally flow in the Fraser. The big utility now wants approval to take even more water and pipe it to Denver as part of its Moffat Firming Project.

Recreation and tourism would suffer if the stream is further imperiled, says Klancke who’s president of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited.

“This river is struggling for survival,” Klancke said. “An additional withdrawal could put it over a tipping point where it may not survive.”

One Response to Denver Water Plan Draws Environmental Concerns

  1. I found it interesting tonight that Jim Benniman and Mr. Day talked about the new uranium mill in west Jefferson county(?)The story contained the many safe guards placed on the mill by the state and the fact that it would employ 300 workers.Mr. Day did ask if the many safeguards meant that the mill wouldn’t have accidents and the answer was “no there are no guarantees” For the most part a positive report.
    I have to ask, why haven’t you covered the new laws for ISL mining developed by North Weld residents in the past 4 years, or the defunct Cotter mine in Jeff Co now contaminating Ralston creek and Ralston resivor, which contributes to Denver water and its uranium pollution,1000 times higher than the EPA recommended not to exceed level.

    There has been a television news “black out” on that kind of news. Don’t you think people should know about the CURRENT pollution uranium is causing and how serious this is for Colorado residents. H M Williams

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