Anita Wilks: Moffat Project will drain water supply

The (May 12) guest editorial by Matt Rice regarding solutions for a sustainable Colorado River are inaccurate. His depiction of the impacts of the proposed Moffat Project (Gross Dam and Reservoir expansion) “may be significant” temporarily for the residents of Coal Creek Canyon and the north shore of the existing reservoir are so impossibly uninformed they cannot be believed. His opinion is highly biased in favor of “pie in the sky” promises by a private utility (Denver Water) that have now gone on record as “predictably untrue” as past promises to mitigate water removal from the Colorado River show by its endangered status.

He never once refers to Boulder County Attorney Perlman‘s five-page letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking that they deny the permit for amendment to the hydroelectric in the existing Gross Dam on the basis that Denver Water has yet to show a need for the additional supply the proposed project might give to a utility that puts 60 percent of its water on lawns in the metro area.

This effort by Grand County and many other entities (one headed by current Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones before she was elected) is way off base and will surely fall into the long existing hole of mitigation promises by Denver Water over these many years. Anyone who has read the FEIS knows these mitigation plans promised to valuable public resources such as the Fraser River will only go forward on a “trial and error” basis and at the direction of Denver Water.

History has shown this utility that brags on its ability to not take public funds is only motivated by unchecked development.

Anita Wilks

Golden