March on City Hall

Please join us for a peaceful walk around City Hall on Tuesday, February 16 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM to let the City Council and City Manager know how the citizens feel about their attempt to degrade our drinking water.  This will be a symbolic visit with the City Council as they do the first reading of the ordinance to approve the Terry Ranch Agreement.  Please bring your signs.  We will have petitions for those who would like to be a circulator or for those who want to sign the petition. Don’t park in the City Hall parking lot and stay on the sidewalk for the walk. Please bring your masks and social distance.

See You There!

We Need Petition Circulators

The following quote from Edmund Burke (1729-1797) is especially fitting at this time when we are fighting to stop the City of Greeley from buying a contaminated water source for its citizens drinking water. This is so important to us and future generations who will look back at us with disdain if we let this happen. Please contact us for information on how to pick up petitions for circulation. Thank you.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

Text of the Petitions

These petitions have been approved by the City Clerk’s Office to be circulated for 90 days. If we are successful in getting the required number of signatures (between 6,500 – 8,000), these measures will be voted on approximately August 3, 2021 in a special election.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF GREELEY HOME RULE CHARTER:

Section 17-9  Procedures for Sale of Water and/or Water Supply and Treatment Facilities

a. No water rights, shares, or allotment of the City of Greeley, which may be usable now or in the future through the City of Greeley’s water treatment plants, nor any water supply and water treatment facilities, which are owned by the City of Greeley now or in the future, shall be sold or permanently disposed of through exchange, subrogation, trade, or lease for more than five (5) years, or otherwise permanently disposed of unless and until the question of whether to sell or permanently dispose of such water rights and/or water supply and treatment facilities has first been submitted to and approved by a majority vote of the registered electors of the City of Greeley.

b. Prior to submitting the question of the sale or other permanent disposal of water rights, and/or water supply and treatment facilities to the voters, the City Council shall cause a comprehensive and objective independent engineering study to be performed to determine the long-term effects, benefits, cost, advantages, disadvantages and advisability of such an action.

c. The engineering report, including all data and calculations, conclusions, and recommendations, shall be complete and available for inspection by the public, and copies shall be available to the public at least sixty (60) days prior to the election. The City Council shall hold at least one public hearing on the question at least thirty (30) days prior to the election.  The engineer who prepared the independent study shall be present at the public hearing to answer any questions which may be presented at the hearing.

d. The City Council shall cause to be published at least twice, one week apart, public advertisement to give notice that the engineering study is available by download from the City’s website and on file and available in the City offices and library, the first such publication to be at least twenty (20) days before any public hearing. Notices of the public hearing shall be published at least twice, one week apart, the first publication to be at least fifteen (15) days before the public hearing.

e. The above prohibitions shall supersede any City of Greeley Charter provision, City Ordinance and any Contract entered into by the City or agent of the City.

Petitioners request that a special election be held to consider the proposed Charter Amendment, approximately August 3, 2021.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF GREELEY HOME RULE CHARTER:

Section 17-10 Procedures for Acquisition and Provision of Ground Water and/or Recycled Wastewater.

a. No ground water and/or recycled wastewater may be purchased/leased, and/or provided, either directly, through the City’s ownership of existing ground water rights, or indirectly, through ownership of shares in ditch and reservoir companies, through the City of Greeley’s water system, water treatment plants or other water infrastructure, to the registered electors of Greeley for their drinking water and/or non-potable use unless and until the question of whether to purchase/lease and/or provide such ground water or recycled wastewater has first been submitted to and approved by a majority vote of the registered electors of the City of Greeley.

b. Prior to submitting the question of the purchase/lease of ground water and/or recycled wastewater to the voters, the City Council shall cause a comprehensive and objective independent engineering study to be performed to determine the long-term effects, benefits, cost, advantages, disadvantages and advisability of such an action.

c. The engineering report, including all data and calculations, conclusions, and recommendations, shall be complete and available for inspection by the public, and copies shall be available to the public at least sixty (60) days prior to the election. The City Council shall hold at least one public hearing on the question at least thirty (30) days prior to the election.  The engineer who prepared the independent study shall be present at the public hearing to answer any questions which may be presented at the hearing.

d. The City Council shall cause to be published at least twice, one week apart, public advertisement to give notice that the engineering study is available by download from the City’s website and on file and available in the City offices and library, the first such publication to be at least twenty (20) days before any public hearing. Notices of the public hearing shall be published at least twice, one week apart, the first publication to be at least fifteen (15) days before the public hearing.

e. The above prohibitions shall supersede any City of Greeley Charter provision, City Ordinance and any Contract entered into by the City or agent of the City.

Petitioners request that a special election be held to consider the proposed Charter Amendment, approximately August 3, 2021.

Petitions

The petitions have been approved by the City Clerk’s office for circulation. We have 90 days to obtain 6,500 to 8,000 signatures. Please contact us if you would like to participate in this most important endeavor as a petition circulator.

Paul Wood has invited registered electors of the City of Greeley to stop by his house tomorrow, February 7, to sign the petitions. On his Facebook page he said “Today I will begin collecting signatures to require the City to place large water purchases or sales in your hands. It’s our water, it’s our future generations, it should be our vote. Tomorrow I will be at my home all day. If you would like to drop by and sign the petition please feel free to do so. Social distancing will be followed 4636 West B Street Road. 970-342-5944.” BYOP (Bring your own pen) Black or blue ink.

Zoom Meeting Minutes

At Tuesday night’s zoom meeting the group learned from Adam Jokerst, W & S Deputy Director, that the City of Greeley has moved the final reading of the ordinance, which will allow the signing of the Wingfoot/Terry Ranch agreement, up by two weeks to March 2.
That does not give us much time to circulate our petitions, provided they are approved on Friday.
If the City Clerk approves circulating the petitions, John and I will be working hard this weekend to get the petition sections printed and distributed to all who are willing and able to participate in this most important endeavor! Please contact us to add your name to the list of circulators.
Also attending our meeting were some Sierra Club leaders who agree with us that the Terry Ranch deal poses great risk to Greeley citizens, both health wise and financially. With the short time period before the decision, they are not sure that they will be able to provide much assistance but they think we should really be working on the council since they are the ones making the decision.
John has just identified a new risk from Atlas D Missile Site 4 located in Laramie County, Wyoming. The groundwater at Atlas D Missile Site 4 is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE), a solvent used to clean defense equipment. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is aware of the TCE groundwater contamination. TCE is a known human carcinogen.The TCE groundwater contamination plume seems to be moving southwesterly toward Terry Ranch. The TCE has already contaminated drinking water wells for Cheyenne, Wyoming. If a contaminant, such as TCE should enter the aquifer, or an oil and gas pipeline or casing should break, Greeley’s entire investment in Terry Ranch could be lost. Why take that chance when we have such a clean and viable alternative?
We will keep you posted on the latest developments.

Zoom Meetings

Hello, friends!
This is going out to all of you who have shown interest in learning more about, or supporting the efforts, of the Save Greeley’s Water initiative. Please feel free to send this message on to anyone who may like to join us to ask questions or get involved.

The Save Greeley’s Water initiative is now hosting weekly zoom sessions to inform, educate, and activate our community. We’re currently meeting each Tuesday evening at 8:30pm. Please join us with your questions and concerns as we discuss our commitment to securing Greeley’s water future.

We are organizing canvassing efforts to deliver petitions to City Council that will give us a say in huge decisions like this one. We believe in informing and empowering citizens to make decisions on the water they pay for and consume. We need your energy and ideas to give this opportunity to generations to come. Please join us and bring your friends and neighbors.

Topic: Save Greeley’s Water Weekly Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting on Tuesdays at 8:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/8130884728?pwd=dnMvYk10S2VMYWN3QVRsYTYzMTcwZz09

Meeting ID: 813 088 4728
Passcode: friend

Thank you all for your continued service to the community.

In Gratitude,
-Caitlin Alexander

Terry Ranch Aquifer Contamination Risk Map

This map is intended to give a sense of the potential aquifer contamination sources in the vicinity of the Terry Ranch aquifer. The potential for groundwater contamination is directly related to the intensity and type of land use above the aquifer or in the aquifer’s off-site recharge areas or upstream drainage areas such as the Meadow Spring Ranch or in Wyoming. Some of the potential aquifer contamination sources would include spills or leaks from oil, gas and mining operations, railway accidents and highway (I-25) accidents. The area contains many abandoned oil and gas well sites as well as approved and pending well sites which will be drilled in the future. Note the intensity of approved and pending horizontal well bores. Also note the Meadow Springs Ranch which is part of the recharge area for the Terry Ranch aquifer. The Meadow Springs Ranch is owned and utilized by the City of Fort Collins for disposal of their municipal sewage sludge.

Not shown on the map are potential sources of contamination from activities in Wyoming. For example, the upstream drainage area for Terry Ranch in Wyoming to the northwest includes groundwater contamination from Atlas D Missile Site 4 located in Laramie County. The groundwater at Atlas D Missile Site 4 is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE), a solvent used to clean defense equipment. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is aware of the TCE groundwater contamination. TCE is a known human carcinogen. The TCE groundwater contamination plume seems to be moving southeasterly toward Terry Ranch. We are currently investigating the TCE groundwater contamination issue and other issues yet to be investigated by the City of Greeley and its consultants. We will provide this information as soon as it becomes available.

The City of Greeley’s investigation of the area upstream of Terry Ranch in Wyoming seems to have escaped their pre-purchase diligence efforts.