Petitioning Mayor Michael Hancock and 19 others

SAVE DENVER LATINO NEIGHBORHOODS FROM FLOODING & POLLUTION

WHAT?
Residents of Denver's Globeville  Swansea, Elyria and Cole neighborhoods are over 80% Hispanic and over 44% low income.* The Colorado Department of Trasnsportation (CDOT),  and the City of Denver (Denver)  have burdened these poor neighborhoods with pollution and a disproportionate amount of subsequent illness.

HOW?
The pollution comes from Interstate Highway I 70, built in1964, and from air, water and soil pollution from heavy industry located in or near the communities since the 1800's. The neighborhoods are located in the polluted I 70/ Vasquez Superfund site listed on the federal list as one of the  most polluted sites in the USA.

WHAT NOW?
Now, CDOT and Denver have gotten together to compound the environmental  injustice by proposing to:
• Widen I 70 to 22 lanes through neighborhoods
• Install an industrial drainage system, for toxic run off, in neighborhoods
• Destroy historic City Park Golf Course & Globeville Landing Park
• Subject neighbors to more air pollution
• Subject neighborhoods to man made flooding
• Expose children/adults to lead, arsenic, cadmium etc. from Superfund site
• Dump pollution in the South Platte River
• Soak up 80% of Denver's stormwater budget.

WHY?
• To keep the "lowered" 1965-style Highway I-70 expansion from flooding
• To save developers in the Denver Mayor's new "Corridor of Opportunity"
      the expense of doing their own water mitigation.

WHAT TO DO?
SIGN THIS PETITION asking Mayor Hancock, Governor Hickenlooper and the EPA to abandon the planned, polluting highway expansion and the big storm drain. Ask them instead, to spend our money on projects that will promote health and  safety and serve the needs of all of Denver's residents, not just a few wealthy developers. 

BETTER SOLUTIONS? YES.
Climate change and drought are here. Denver needs a green system to conserve our precious rain water.. not a drain. The future of transportation is here. It isn't a bigger, inner city highway. There are beautiful, affordable  alternatives to highway expansion and the big drain. See links below. 

I 70 Reimgined 
EarthJustice Complaint
EPA Superfund site
THE  Story
One Rain Conservation Plan
What is happening to City Park Golf Course?
Petition to Save CityCourse
How Trees can Save Us
Watershed Planning
Intergovernmental Agreement Denver CDOT
Video Essay of Globeville Living Conditions

 

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Mayor
    Michael Hancock
  • Denver City Councilman
    PAUL LOPEZ
  • Denver City Councilman
    RAFAEL ESPINOZA
  • Denver City Councilwoman
    Debbie Ortega
  • Denver City Councilman
    Albus Brooks
  • Denver City Councilman
    Chris Herndon
  • Denver City Councilman
    JOLON CLARK
  • Denver City Councilman
    PAUL KASHMANN
  • Denver City Councilwoman
    KENDRA BLACK
  • Denver City Councilman
    WAYNE NEW
  • Denver City Councilwoman
    Stacie Gilmore
  • Denver City Councilwoman
    ROBIN KNIECH
  • Denver City Councilwoman
    MARY BETH SUSSMAN
  • Governor Hickenlooper
  • CDOT
    ANTHONY DEVITO
  • DIRECTOR, PUBLIC WORKS
    JOSE CORNEJO
  • MAYORS STAFF
    DIANE BARRETT
  • DIRECTOR, CDPHE
    LARRY WOLK
  • EPA
    JENNIFER CHERGO
  • MAYOR STAFF
    ALAN SALAZAR


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