LTTE: In response to “Fort Collins City Council opposes new damming of Poudre River”

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In response to Sep. 1 article “Fort Collins City Council opposes new damming of Poudre River”

By Vivian Nguyen, Campaign Organizer for Environment Colorado
I am thrilled and overjoyed that our City Council has made the right decision in unanimously opposing NISP. Our waterways are a huge part of how we enjoy summers in Colorado. I know I can’t get through summer without spending time at Rocky Mountain National Park and enjoying the headwaters of the Cache La Poudre River, and I’m not alone. In fact, over 16 million people visited Colorado’s state and national parks that featured waterways, according to Environment Colorado’s new Summer Fun Index.


That’s why it’s a shame that attorney general Cynthia Coffman has failed to act on her behalf of her constituents and sued to block a new rule by the EPA that would restore protections to 68% of Colorado’s streams. The 73,034 miles of streams would have guaranteed protection against pollution and development under the Clean Water Act include many that feed and clean the Animas River and my beloved the Cache La Poudre River. We in Fort Collins rely on this clean water to fish, swim, kayak, and to enjoy great beer from Odell and New Belgium.

The Clean Water Rule is the biggest step forward for clean water in a decade. Our leaders like Cynthia Coffman should back the rule so that Coloradoans can continue to enjoy our rivers and lakes for many summers and generations to come.

Thank you to the Fort Collins City Council members who truly know what it means to represent the needs of the people. Attorney general Cynthia Coffman, please take some notes.