Our Home page was getting overloaded with news. That prompted the creation of this location to preserve that information but de-clutter the Home page. So, here is some of the information removed from the home page but not discarded.
Grand Lake Clarity News The Bureau of Reclamation announced finalizing the Colorado-Big Thompson Project West Slope Collection Preliminary Alternatives Development Report that addresses concerns of water clarity in Grand Lake. The report is available at www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao. For a copy of the news release and more, click here.
Photos From July 14 Dedication of the Eisenhower Reach of the Fraser River
The dedication of the newly-designated Eisenhower Reach of the Fraser River was on Saturday, July 14 at the Lions Ponds near Safeway in Fraser. Photos are available in our Gallery. Scroll below the large photo of the original sculpture dedication and click on the album for the Fraser Reach. The text of Mayor Peggy Smith's informative talk (written by Steve Sumerall) about President Eisenhower in the Fraser Valley is available here.
Photos from July 16, 2012 Banquet
Photos from the Banquet are available in our online photo gallery. Scroll below the large photo of the Eisenhower Sculpture dedication to the album from the banquet. Thanks to everyone who attended and all our generous sponsors and auction donors.
April 26 Denver Post Article: Possible Water Lease May Help Rivers
Several convservation groups may work together to help temporarily increase some stream flows. Follow this link to the Denver Post article.
Best Article Yet on Threats to the Colorado
If you only have time to read one article about the plight of our namesake river, click here. To learn much more, go to both our News and Conservation & Science pages on this web site.
Denver Post Article February 22, 2012
The Post's sports section isn't often the first place to look for an insightful article about politics and water in Colorado. Scott Willoughby's article is the exception. Willoughby called on Governor Hickenlooper to act to protect the Fraser and Colorado headwaters. Follow this link to the full article.
February 22, 2012 Rally Follow-Up
Grand County was well represented at the Rally For The Upper Colorado River at the State Capitol. Kirk Klancke, Bob and Suzanne Fanch (and family), Kent Hughes, Mike Repucci, Darlene Carter and Jerry Nissen represented the Colorado Headwaters Chapter of TU at the Rally. Kirk Klancke made some moving comments to the assembled group. Governor Hickenlooper was presented with a VERY large postcard with messages from river supporters. Photos from the event are available by clicking here.
Denver Post Article February 17, 2012
On February 17, the Denver Post ran a front page article about the damage to our watersheds likely to result from additional trans-basin water diversions. The EPA has requested additional review of the Moffat and Windy Gap proposals. Please read the article and follow up with letters phone calls and emails to Governor Hickenlooper, the EPA your elected representatives, your friends on the Front Range and anybody else willing to listen! For the Governor's contact information, click here.
TU Comments on Final Environmental Impact Statement
The latest TU comments regarding the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for these projects (as of February 7, 2012) are from TU's legal council, Mely Whiting. They make a strong case that not enough is being done to protect the rivers. These documents are a "must read" for everyone concerned about the future of our rivers. For the complete letter to the Bureau of Reclamation and Department of the Interior, click here. The supporting tables are available here.
CTU Action Page
Colorado TU maintains a great list of current issues and events. Here's a link to the Colorado TU Action page.
Why does TU support the Mitigation and Enhancement Plan (MECP) with Denver Water and Grand County? Some feel that it will lead to more problems for the Fraser and upper Colorado. TU recognizes the reality that Denver Water owns even more water in Grand County than they are already taking. We wish that wasn't the case. We'd rather see more water stay here, but we live in this world, not the one we wish for.
For the past eighty years, Denver has been diverting water from the Fraser with no accountability for the health of the river. If this project dies, we're convinced that the next eighty years will look like the last eighty. If MECP moves ahead the diversion permit is tied to adaptive management. TU believes adaptive management builds in the accountability that will enable us to ensure the ongoing health of the Fraser.
TU Banquet 2016
Our annual banquet was again held at the beautiful Devil's Thumb Ranch this past July. The banquet is our chapter's only annual fundraiser. This year's event was held on July 25 and we were fortunate to host our biggest crowd ever with over 200 people attending. Our auctions, boths silent and audible, were a big hit with many wonderful items purchased through very spirited bidding. The final numbers are still being tallied but it looks like we raised a considerable amount of money to continue our work to save the Fraser and upper Colorado rivers. We promise to put the money to good use. Many thanks to all of you who supported us by your generous contributions at the banquet and for your continuing support of TU.
Colorado is working on its first-ever state-wide water plan. An important component of that plan is the Basin Implementation Plan (BIP). Our friends at the Audubon Society's Western River Action Network came our with a brief summary of what they like and don't like from what has been presented so far. To see their informative one-page summary,click here.
In late February, 2014, information about the first-ever Colorado water plan was published by the Northwest Colorado Council of Government. Planning based on science rather than political or economic clout will be good for our rivers and larger environment. Read more under the Conservation & Science tab of this website or by clicking here.
Trout Unlimited believes science should trump politics. As a result, we strongly disagree with an ill-informed letter to the editor which appeared in the July 16 Sky-Hi News. To read TU's response to these politically charged comments, click here.
Grand County has more water diverted from it than any other county in the state. As much as 80% of the upper Colorado will be sent to the opposite side of the continental divide. The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited has partnered with Grand County TV18 to create a new TV documentary series being filmed here in Grand County. The series highlights the challenges facing our rivers, informs you as to what can be done and how you can help protect our natural heritage. The show airs daily on Comcast in Grand County at 8 AM, 12:30 PM and can also be seen via a live stream (click here for the live stream) everywhere. For details, including how you can support the documentary, and a few segments from the show, click here.
The latest June 2014 TV coverage on the Fraser addresses this spring's floods in Grand County and the reality of water storage and diversion. Click here to go to the 4 minute video clip featuring two local TU board members. The new Mitigation and Enhancement Plan is described in this local April 26 TV newscast available by clicking here. To see a brief April 6 TV newscast focusing on two Grand County water issues, click here. You'll see a good summary of the Moffat agreement and the latest on the Byers Peak project's water.
Water law in Colorado was written when it was still legal to own a slave. It's complex and often confusing. We're lucky to have a very readable one-page summary written by District 51 Water Commissioner Sue Avre to help us all understand the basics. Click here to check it out on our new Colorado Water Law page. Thanks Sue!
A thank you plaque was presented to Devil’s Thumb Ranch on March 26 for donating a portion of the proceeds from January's first annual Stagecoach Classic xc ski race to three local conservation-oriented non-profits. The race was a huge success, with more participants than any other ski race in the state! Many thanks to everyone who participated or volunteered. Right to left, Nick Meyer (Colorado Headwaters Land Trust), Maura McKnight (Headwaters Trail Alliance), Kirk Klancke (Trout Unlimited), Igor Guziur (Devil's Thumb Ranch), Carse Pustmueller (Colorado Headwaters Land Trust). Photo by Jerry Nissen.
Early March 2014 has been a satisfying time to be an advocate for the Colorado River. We made progress on the Fraser and there's other good news for the environment, too.
The Colorado River typically is used up entirely before it reaches the Gulf of California. This year, a US-Mexican agreement will allow water to be released from the final dam on the Colorado to mimic spring flooding. This was an interesting experiment, but is not likely to become a normal event. To read more, click here.