The town of Grand lake and its tourism relies on fishing as part of its survival. A sustainable fishery is more important to the survival of our economy and town then the clarity of the water. 50 years ago before shoreline development and water distribution things may have been different, but at this point changing any water flows, reducing the water flows or changing the food supplies will destroy the habitat used by our wildlife. Grand lakes wildlife and fish stocks have become accustom to the flows of all inlets,outlets,including the Adams tunnel and the pumping plants. The Big Thompson project, built over 50 years ago has become an important part of the useable fish habitat. Spawning beds are now structured around these entities. The movement of water from Shadow Mountain to Grand lake is also extremely important. It supplies the food source for our aquatic life. Any change to these entities would decrees optimal and usable habitat for the fish stocks. The algae, plankton, invertebrates, larvae and dead plant life that travels through the canal is the main food source for Grand lakes aquatic life. Water clarity at this point would be more detrimental to Grand Lake than we might think. Shore line development has already limited the spawning areas and decreased the amount of usable habitat. The Greater Grand Lake Shoreline Association as well as the Three Lakes Watershed Association, By- laws state that they will preserve and protect not only water quality but also the fishery. Yet they are making no attempts to study the impacts of nutrient removal on our fishery, aquatic life or wildlife.
The Reclamation Report completed in August 2012, States The Colorado Water Quality Control Commission elected to adopt water clarity standards for Grand Lake. They read this "The highest level of clarity attainable,consistent with the exercise of established water rights and The Protection Of Aquatic Life. The Reclamation Report has come up with an array of possible solutions (Bypass Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain with a tunnel or pipeline directly to Adams tunnel) (Bypass Grand lake with a pipeline and pump flows directly to Adams tunnel). These solutions where rated good to fair as alternative solutions. There were no studies done of any kind on the impact to aquatic life in the Reclamation Report. The alternative solutions will destroy our fishery and have negative impacts to our wildlife. The clear water associations and there followers are willing to destroy our lakes ask them why?
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