Was water letter science or politics?
July 22, 2014
Mr. Elliott’s letter of July 16 regarding the Moffat Firming Project purports to present a scientist’s point of view, but reads like a politician’s campaign, right down to unsupported accusations of “backroom dealings” and catchy sound bites that completely misrepresent the facts and the views of those who support a solution for the Moffat Firming Project.
Supporters of a solution, including the County, care deeply about developing accurate, scientific information about our rivers and the impacts of Moffat and other issues impacting our rivers. That is why they have invested millions of dollars to develop real information that documents stream conditions today so we can tell whether conditions in the future get better or worse. That is why the have reached an agreement (the Mitigation and Enhancement Coordination Plan or “MECP”) with Denver Water to continue to collect real information and do something to not only prevent deterioration, but to improve current conditions.
Significant amounts of water, money and other resources have been committed to protect and improve stream conditions as part of the MECP. Mr. Elliott omits mention of these benefits so that he can make his point — for a true list of MECP benefits, please go to http://www.coloradotu.org. Mr. Elliott and his Front Range clients can continue to dedicate their resources to politics and to more technical “models” that generate controversy and consultant fees but don’t get us any closer to a solution for the rivers. Those who support a solution will be here protecting and improving our streams long after Mr. Elliott and his clients move on to other projects.