So the Three Lakes Watershed Association starts to lose ground...so they start another organization! wow really
So over this Summer I've been keeping tabs on the clarity stakeholder meeting via emails on the committee presentations. It seems to me that the State of Colorado is backing down creating a numerical clarity standard for Grand Lake. WE WIN right....wrong. After our efforts have harmed the integrity (in my opinion) what was left for them to do? Start a entirely different organization to start the battle again.
I remember the feeling I had when I first heard about what would happen to Grand Lake if the pumping was changed or diverted. I was totally shocked! I thought, “How could people let this happen?” After thinking about it for a few days and doing some investigating online, I found the answer to that question. PEOPLE DON’T KNOW. I’m sure you have noticed the “KEEP GRAND LAKE BLUE” bumper stickers on cars and trucks all over the county. Each time I see them I ask myself “Do these people realize what it REALLY means?”
The group heading this movement was quick to get a petition signed to “KEEP GRAND LAKE BLUE”, I even signed it. Why? Because I had no idea what it could do to our lake. The goal of the "clear water people" is to restore the lake to it's original visible depth. My question is why? The lake is 270 feet deep,with very few shallow areas of the lake and with very low nutrients. The shoreline is more than 98% private so the number of people who will see the difference are the shoreline owners? Back to my question, WHY? I have asked anyone associated with this campaign. The reality is changing or stopping the pumping through Grand Lake will decimate the food chain in the Lake. The pumping is not as bad as some would like you to believe. It is a very important to the biology of the lake and helps supply the nutrients needed for survival of our aquatic life. Over 50 years ago the Big Thompson Project was completed and onshore development increased. The native fish populations were devastated. Non native fish stocks were introduced to replace the native stocks that cannot survive without perfect conditions. The historical condition of the lake cannot be restored with all of the development around the lake.
In 2007 a toxic algae bloom happened in Grand Lake which started the clear water movement. The Keep Grand Lake Blue campaign was quick to blame the pumping of water through Shadow Mountain Reservoir. The truth is, Shadow Mountain was drained the year prior to the bloom which caused an increase in nitrogen levels which caused the toxic bloom. There has not been a toxic bloom before or after 2007.
With this site my hope is to inform people and get feedback on this issue. Ultimately my goal is to have studies done to look at the what changing our lake's biology will do for not only the wildlife, but the Town of Grand Lake!
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