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Save The Poudre Press Release 2009-12-20

For Immediate Release
Save The Poudre Coalition: Poudre Waterkeeper
December 20, 2009
Contact: Gary Wockner, 970-218-8310

NISP and its Destructive Glade Reservoir Delayed Again!


Fort Collins, CO -- On Friday, December 18, Chandler Peter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the permitting process for the Northern Integrated Supply Project and its destructive Glade Reservoir has once again been delayed. In December of 2008, the Army Corps stated that the "Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement" (SDEIS) for NISP/Glade would be released in June of 2010. But on Friday, the Army Corps stated in an email to the Save The Poudre Coalition that the release would be delayed at least another year until the summer of 2011. The Army Corps now also hopes that a "Final Environmental Impact Statement" (FEIS) might then be released in 2012.

"This is a holiday present for the Poudre River," said Gary Wockner of the Save The Poudre Coalition. "The Poudre now has at least one more year of life, and the Save The Poudre Coalition has another year to grow stronger to save this beautiful river."

This latest delay is just another in a long and extensive list of delays for this highly controversial and extremely expensive project. With each new version of the Environmental Impact Statement comes more public comment with more scientific, economic, and legal scrutiny. The project is now at least 6 years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget with no end in sight.

On an additional holiday note, the "Skinny Dippers" (photo above) have decided to reveal their faces for the public in 2010. The Save The Poudre Coalition offers our sincere gratitude for their prior years "posterior service" to the cause of saving the Poudre! Save The Poudre!

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Happy Holidays To All!

The Save The Poudre Coalition: Poudre Waterkeeper is made up of 17 national, state, and regional groups including: National Wildlife Federation, Clean Water Action, Waterkeeper Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife, American Rivers, American Whitewater Association, Western Resource Advocates, Colorado Environmental Coalition, Lighthawk, Environment Colorado, Sierra Club – Rocky Mountain Chapter, Fort Collins Audubon Society, Citizen Planners, Wolverine Farm Publishing, Poudre Paddlers, Friends of the Poudre, and the Cache la Poudre River Foundation. Membership in these groups totals over 3 million American citizens.

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