What to do TODAY

Act TODAY to Save The Fraser

Here are your three easy steps to help save the Fraser

1. What to do: Write letters. 

2. What to say: See sample letter below.

It's OK to send essentially the same letter to everyone, just be sure to change the names, reference to the Corps, etc. as appropriate.

3. Who to send the letters to:

All seven of the individuals listed below. 


Here's the background information.

The March 27, 2014 meeting at Devil's Thumb Ranch about the Moffat Firming Project  got us fired up to do something. You can learn more by clicking here, but if you're ready to act, see below for whom to contact and  suggestions about the message to communicate. 

Discussions between Denver Water, Grand County and Trout Unlimited have resulted in the crafting of a compromise agreement. Each party got some of what they hoped for and had to yield on some issues. That is what compromise means! Overall, each participant feels that the agreement is satisfactory and the best they are likely to achieve. 

The next step is for the Army Corps of Engineers to draft the actual official agreement. The Corps needs to understand that the agreement must actually incorporate the elements that all parties have agreed to in the Mitigation and Enhancement Plan (MECP).

For Trout Unlimited, the crucial element which MUST be included in the actual permit is Learning By Doing, also known as Adaptive Management. Critically, TU participates in selecting the scientists studying the river and making recommendations for corrective actions. TU also has a seat at the table to decide how to mitigate the damage.  This gives TU and Grand County the ability to tie Denver Water's diversion of water from the Fraser to monitoring of the river and ongoing, adaptive management to minimize the impacts of that diversion for as long as Denver diverts. 

Please send letters or emails to as many of the people on this list as possible. In you comments, please stress the importance of including the elements of "adaptive management" and "learning by doing" and your support of the MECP (Mitigation and Enhancement Plan) including the enlargement of Gross Reservoir, in the actual permit the Army Corps of Engineers will issue for the Moffat Diversion Project. The expansion of Gross Reservoir will enable Denver Water to allow the Fraser and Upper Colorado to keep water flowing at critical times and sacrifice water when possible.

Please Use This Sample Letter as a Guide:

Dear Colonel Cross,

I have always enjoyed being around the Fraser River and the Valley that it sustains. I feel very strongly that requiring the mitigation and enhancement agreement as proposed by Denver Water, Trout Unlimited and Grand County to be written into the Record of Decision is the best way to protect the Fraser River. It is particularly important to have the Learning by Doing (stream monitoring and adaptive management) clause incorporated in the permit exactly as the language is written in the agreement. 

Please take my comments into the Corps' consideration when permitting this project.

Sincerely, 


Who to send your letters to:

Colonel Joel Cross
US Army Corps of Engineers
Omaha District Headquarters
1616 Capitol Ave., Ste. 9000
Omaha, NE 68102

Rena Brand
US Army Corps of Engineers
Denver Regulatory Office
9307 South Wadsworth Blvd
Littleton, Colorado 80128-6901   Via email: Rena.J.Brand@usace.army.mil

Shaun McGrath
Regional Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
OC-EISC
1595 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202-1129   Via email:  McGrath.shaun@Epa.gov 

Martha Rudolph
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver CO  80246   Via email:  Martha.rudolph@state.co.us

Senator Mark Udall
P.O. Box 866
Clark, CO 80428   Online at http://www.markudall.senate.gov

Senator Michael Bennet
225 North 5th Street, Suite 511
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501    Online at  http://www.bennet.senate.gov

Representative Jared Polis
West Main Professional Building
101 West Main Street, Suite 101G
P.O. Box 1453
Frisco, CO 80443     Online at  http://polis.house.gov


Vote Online to Show Your Support

If you believe that TU is working to do the best for our rivers, vote YES to show your support for us in this on-line poll by the Sky-Hi News. Vote YES if you believe TU is right in working to keep our rivers as healthy as possible in the face of the reality of water diversion. Vote YES if you want enhancements to the Fraser and upper Colorado that will help preserve our fisheries. Vote no if you believe that the Front Range population (and therefore political power) will decline,  agriculture on the eastern plains will end and the east slope will no longer see a need for west slope water. Here's the link to vote.