March 04, 2013 - Denver Water CEO/Manager Jim Lochhead’s statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers news release announcing the tentative date for the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Denver Water’s Moffat Collection System Project:
“We are pleased to see the state and federal agencies come together to commit to a sound timeline for the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Denver Water’s Moffat Collection System Project next February.
We’re in the second year of a severe drought. If the Moffat Project were in place today, we would have been able to store more water during the high flow runoff two years ago that we could now use. In a dry year like this one, we would not be diverting additional water under this project.
Moreover, under the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement, we would actually be giving water back to the environment in this dry year.
As a result, Denver Water’s Moffat Project would be a win-win for this state: it would make possible our ability to benefit the environment in dry years like this one, and it would bring additional water for our metro area, which we desperately need in this drought.”