The Fraser River is a tributary to the Colorado River and an outstanding wild trout river in its own right. It is also a stream that has been impacted by years of diversions, with Denver Water taking about 60 percent of its natural flows to supply water to the Front Range. They’ve proposed to take another 15 percent of the river through an expansion of their Moffat Tunnel diversion. For the last 8 years, Trout Unlimited has been working hard to make sure that approval of Denver’s Moffat expansion project only happens if the Fraser River and its tributaries are protected and their degraded condition improved. Recently, TU, Grand County and Denver Water agreed on a long-term package of protections for the Fraser basin. Under the plan, Denver would provide funds and water to help address impacts based on an ongoing monitoring and adaptive management program called "Learning by Doing".
This agreement offers the promise of a healthy Fraser River far into the future. Now we need the Army Corps to lock in these protections by including them as requirements in their federal permit for the Moffat Project. You can help by clicking here and submitting comments through our online action alert. It is quick and easy - and your voice will make a difference!