Commission discusses proposed Moffat and Windy Gap project mitigation measures today

By Janice Kurbjun
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Today in Salida, the Colorado Wildlife Commission holds a public meeting to discuss final fish and wildlife mitigation measures for the Moffat Expansion and Windy Gap Firming Project.

Together with the current Windy Gap and Moffat operations, the projects threaten to collectively reduce the Fraser River and Upper Colorado River to less than 25 percent of their historic flows, a press release from Trout Unlimited states.

TU members seek to encourage keeping more water in the streams to mitigate increasing stream temperatures, algae blooms and declines in fish populations, and are urging the public to attend the meeting to discuss the fate of the rivers. Guides and outfitters should also be present to discuss the economic impacts of dewatered rivers.

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