Sierra Club National Executive Director, Carl Pope, visited Fort
Collins on Sunday, August 24th 2008 to support the Save The Poudre Coalition
and rally local Sierra Club members. Dozens of citizens showed up to
support Pope and the Coalition. Photos below, and press release at the
bottom of this page.
Sierra Club National Executive Director,
Carl Pope, says:
Fort Collins, CO -- On Sunday, August 24th, on the banks of the Cache la Poudre River in downtown Fort Collins, Sierra Club National Executive Director Carl Pope spoke at a rally for the Save The Poudre Coalition. With dozens of Coalition supporters in the background, Pope spoke in opposition to the Northern Integrated Supply Project and its Glade Reservoir.
Save the Poudre spokesperson, Gary Wockner, said that Pope's visit meant that national environmental groups are increasingly involved with the Poudre River issue. "What Pope's visit means is that the American environmental movement -- from the top in Washington D.C., to the ground-level here in Fort Collins -- is committed to stopping NISP/Glade and saving the Poudre River."
State Representative Randy Fischer (HD 53) also spoke at the rally, and said, "I'm committed to doing everything I can to find an alternative to this project that does not destroy the Cache la Poudre River."
On Sept. 10th, the Save The Poudre Coalition will host a public meeting at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins where they will present their comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement as well as a "Healthy Rivers Alternative" to NISP. (More details about this meeting will come in future press releases.)
The Save The Poudre Coalition is made up of 12 national, state, and regional groups including Clean Water Action, Defenders of Wildlife, American Rivers, Colorado Environmental Coalition, Environment Colorado, Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter, Fort Collins Audubon Society, Citizen Planners, Wolverine Farm Publishing, Poudre Paddlers, Friends of the Poudre, Cache la Poudre River Foundation. Membership in these groups totals over 2 million American citizens.