“The present mitigation plan doesn’t get the job done,” said Mely Whiting, counsel for Trout Unlimited’s Colorado Water Project. “And unfortunately, Denver Water and Northern are not offering adequate protections.”
Given the amount of water removed, the list of requests is reasonable enough, only adding slightly to the commission’s concerns. The TU-led coalition is asking for a river “bypass” around the silt-laden Windy Gap Reservoir, an ongoing plan to monitor stream conditions and an endowment fund to pay for future restoration projects as necessary.
If history is an indicator, those projects will indeed be necessary.