The Moffat Firming Project is Denver Water’s intent to increase their Front Range water storage, so that they are able to divert more water from the West Slope. Most of this West Slope water will be diverted from the Fraser River, which has over half of its flows presently being diverted to the Front Range by Denver Water.
The “Preferred Alternative” in the Draft Impact Environmental Statement (DEIS), based upon Denver Water’s calculation of having a 34,000 acre foot (ac.ft.) shortfall by 2030, is to divert an additional 18,000 ac. ft. each year from the Fraser River, and to develop another 16,000 ac. ft. per year through conservation. In order to capture and store this water, Gross Reservoir would be expanded by an additional 72,000 ac. ft., or from the existing 41,811 ac. ft. to 113,811 ac. ft. Click Here
to view the Executive Summary of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement; to view the entire Draft Environmental Impact Statement, click here
The Town realizes that Denver Water has identified a need to provide water to its constituents, but believes that the citizens of Grand County shouldn’t be asked to make all of the sacrifices in providing this water. Therefore, the Town of Grand Lake has submitted written comments
on this project, which detail more specifically what the Town believes to be a very weak analysis in this DEIS of the many negative impacts that this project could entail for Grand County citizens.
The current deadline to submit written comments is Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Address your letters to:
Scott Franklin, Moffat EIS Project Manager
Corps Denver Regulatory Office
9307 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80218