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 Change.org, 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.