LAWSUIT FILED TO BLOCK MASSIVE EXPANSION OF COLORADO DAM

Today, on behalf of Save the Colorado and five other environmental nonprofit organizations, we filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) authorization of a massive expansion of Gross Dam and Reservoir located in Boulder County, Colorado.  If built, this dam would be the tallest dam in Colorado, and it would require clear-cutting more than a half million trees and inundating large amounts of public land in the vicinity of the project site, which is located in a forested area six miles from downtown Boulder.  The lawsuit includes challenges under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, focusing heavily on the flawed purpose and need statement adopted by the Corps and the artificially narrow alternatives analysis conducted by the Corps.  The lawsuit requests that the court vacate and remand various decisions issued by the Corps, as well as a biological opinion issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this project.  The complaint can be found here.

 

Photo taken by Matthew Jonas, Boulder Daily Camera Staff Photographer.