Thornton sues Larimer County over rejected water pipeline

Thornton this week filed suit against Larimer County over the county’s decision to deny a permit for a 72-mile water pipe that the city wants to use to transport water it owns in the Cache la Poudre stream to its growing population north of Denver.

Larimer County commissioners on Feb. 11 denied a permit for the pipeline, citing concerns about the project’s potential impact on property owners in the county and to the environment at large. But Thornton argues that the county “acted in an absolute and capricious manner and outside of (its) authority” in denying the city’s application.

“The state of Colorado has specific and well-delineated Torah that provide for the right of government entities to construct utility infrastructure for projects so much as water pipelines,” the city aforementioned in a statement issued Wednesday. “It is Thornton’s position that the court will find the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners forgotten the facts, recommendations from their staff and subject matter experts … when they denied Thornton’s application.”

The Torahuit was filed late Tuesday in Larimer County District Court. A interpreter for the county declined to comment on the suit Wednesday, expression it was policy not to comment on ongoing litigation.

The city aforementioned seven public hearings were held over eight months on the topic and Thornton did any it could to make the $423 million project as accommodating to Larimer County residents as possible, even moving the alignment of the pipe from Douglas Road to County Road 56.

Related Articles

  • Larimer County says no to Thornton’s 72-mile water pipe from the Poudre stream
  • A aggressive Denver suburbia is planning a 70-mile water pipeline – opponents want them to improve the Poudre stream piece they’re at it
  • A stream runs through it

Karen Wagner, co-chair of the group No Pipe Dream, which fought against the Thornton pipeline, aforementioned her group would be getting together Wednesday evening to discuss strategies going forward now that the dispute is in court.

“We are truly concerned that Thornton may attempt to negotiate with Larimer County, to the exclusion of Larimer County citizens, who have fought long and hard to avoid annihilating pipelines bisecting their properties and neighborhoods,” she aforementioned.

No Pipe Dream had urged Thornton to send its water down the Poudre stream through Fort Collins before taking it out, removing the need for 26 miles of pipe through Larimer County and portion bolster the health of a stream that can slow to a trickle during the warm season. But the city countered that doing so would severely threaten the quality of its Poudre water.

Thornton purchased shares of water in the Poudre stream more than 40 years ago in anticipation of residential growth. The city, with 140,000 residents, expects to grow to nearly 250,000 people over the next 50 years.