As a geologist versed in all things water, I have followed with interest Greeley’s fascinating and innovative water system.

In the past we have looked exclusively west to obtain snowmelt runoff (surface) water for irrigation, industrial and municipal use, following Horace Greeley’s prophetic charge to “Go West…” Now, in 2021, the City of Greeley is looking to the north in Weld County at Terry Ranch to consider developing subsurface groundwater and storing water in the Upper Laramie Formation aquifer.

I have reviewed more than 200 pages of draft scientific, engineering and water quality/quantity data and plans. As a citizen of Greeley these past 40 years, and as a scientist familiar with subsurface aquifers, I consider it my duty to inform the public whether the proposed project is feasible and wise.

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