Denver Water violated established precedent |

Denver Water violated established precedent

It is an established precedent that when an agency inundates a valley, it must provide an acceptable connection to replace any previous connections such as roads, rail, paths that link communities. This is a precedent which has been implemented for major dam construction agencies and numerous public utilities.

Summit County should now consider pursuing legal action that would impose fines and penalties for each and every day that its citizens are denied their rights to legitimate public access.

Perhaps the Denver Water Board can justify their safety concerns, but they are legally responsible to provide access between the communities that were served by the original highway, now inundated by the reservoir.

Thus, each day of delay to provide a suitable and acceptable solution will result in costly fines and penalties until such time that a new connection between the communities is established.

Is it public knowledge that Dillon Dam was designed by Bureau of Reclamation (B.O.R.) engineers moonlighting as consultants to the Denver Water Board?

This letter also included a detail about Couture’s former profession, which is very relevant. Couture is a retired safety of dams engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation.

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