June 1, 2011--Colorado River: More protection needed in diversion plans (Summit Voice)

Conservation groups say planned new diversions from the Upper Colorado River and the Fraser River could push the river ecosystems even closer to the edge without additional safeguards. Colorado Trout Unlimited, a cold water fisheries advocacy group, has launched a campaign to generate more awareness about potential impacts from the planned Moffat Tunnel Collection System expansion and the Windy Gap firming project. The group says that, with more than 60 percent of the native flows  being diverted to the Front Range, the rivers are already on the brink of collapse. Denver Water and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District recently outlined their mitigation and enhancement plans for the projects, but according to Trout Unlimited, those plans are lacking some significant measures.

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