Tell the State of Colorado that destroying the Poudre River is not an economic development strategy!
  • Petitioned Dwayne Romero

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Colorado Director of Economic Development
Dwayne Romero

Tell the State of Colorado that destroying the Poudre River is not an economic development strategy!

    1. Petition by

      Save the Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper

July 2011


A controverisal proposed dam in Fort Collins, which would drain 71 percent of the water from the Poudre River as it runs through the city and dry up 123,000 acres of small Colorado farms, will not have the backing of Colorado's Office of Economic Development, thanks to a push from the Save the Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper.

Economic Development Dircetor Dwayne Romero cited a "lack a broad consensus of agreement in the region and/or local community" in making his decision.

"The Cache la Poudre River is the lifeblood of Fort Collins and is enjoyed by tens-of-thousands of local citizens and tourists alike," said Gary Wockner of Save the Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper.

"When we launched the online petition at, we'd thought we'd get a couple hundred signatures in 5 days," Wockner said. Instead, more than 5,000 signatures poured in from the Fort Collins community, flooding Dircetor Romero's inbox.

It became clear that this controversial and misguided project does not have the local support to be considered for a major state economic development program.

Please Help -- The State's public comment period for this issue closes tonight.  Thank you for your support!

Governor Hickenlooper launched a "Bottom Up" economic development process for Colorado in early 2011.  Unfortunately, the public process was subverted in northern Colorado -- without any public input at all, biased insiders in Larimer County inserted "Supporting NISP" (an extremely controversial proposed dam and reservoir project on the Poudre River) as one of the economic development strategies that the Governor should support!  Read about this nonsense here:

We now have 1 last day to generate comments and input to the State to let them know that NISP is a terrible economic development strategy for northern Colorado.  In fact, NISP would drain and destroy the Poudre River whereas alternatives to NISP could enhance both the river and economy.  Read more here:

Please sign the petition today!  NISP is not an economic development strategy -- NISP will destroy the Poudre River and its economic value!

Recent signatures


    1. 5,000 SIGNATURES IN 5 DAYS!


      We will stay in touch and let you know how our petition effort is addressed by the State.

      Have a great weekend, and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Wherever you are, enjoy and appreciate your local river!

      Gary Wockner

    2. Reached 5 signatures
    3. Hi Friends!

      Today, Friday, is the last day to sign the petition. We will close the petition at 8:00pm Mountain Time. Please consider one more sharing on your Facebook pages.

      You are making a huge difference! It is important!

      Thank you for your support of the Cache la Poudre River of northern Colorado!!

      Gary Wockner

    4. Reached 4 signatures
    5. Hi Friends!

      We have been astounded at the response and support! Thank you very much. The Poudre is a beautiful river and we are doing everything we can to keep it alive. Your support really matters. Just 2 days to go!

      Thank you!
      Gary Wockner

    6. Reached 3 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bob & Jo Haddad QUEENSBURY DRIVE, OK
      • over 3 years ago

      Jo & Bob Haddad

    • Bailey Reavis FORT COLLINS, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      I've lived by the Poudre my entire life and have always enjoyed it's wildness. I appreciate the work you guys are doing, keep it up!

    • Jennifer Goodrich FORT COLLINS, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      SAVE THE POUDRE!!! <3

    • Larry Kimball COTOPAXI, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      No corruption, secrecy OR destroying rivers.

    • Jon Fye FORT COLLINS, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      Damming the poudre and creating a new reservoir is something I simply am not interested in, the poudre river should be left alone and as is. I enjoy recreating on the poudre river and I oppose putting a dam on my beloved poudre river. SAVE THE POUDRE!


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