That’s right, the City put together a time lapse video of the destruction of the Josh Ames Diversion Dam and set it to sexy techno music.
The music might be too sexy for a short film starring boulders and heavy machinery, but it’s pretty amazing to watch a glass-surfaced pool be returned to a flowing river again.
So WHY did they do it?
Haven’t you watched DamNation yet? Of course not, it’s only just premiered at SXSW. You can catch it at Patagonia in Boulder sometime this month.
But basically, Dams can be pretty destructive ecologically. They make fish passage nigh impossible and do nothing to improve the natural riparian corridor. That should be reason enough. But this one also caught up a lot of sediment, which raised water temperature and backed-up water (read: potential flood). The pooling of the water and increased temperature encouraged more loss of water through evaporation. Basically, it’s like global warming’s BFF.
A newly opened trail provides access to the project area and North Shields Ponds Natural Area.
Wait, WHO paid for this?
The project was led by the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and supported by local breweries and the Colorado Water Trust who secured Colorado Water Conservation Board grant of $300,000 with support from the South Platte Basin and Metro Basin Roundtables.
Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Pateros Creek Brewery, and Funkwerks Brewery contributed nearly $37,000 in matching dollars to support the collaborative project.