Cory Gardner: Think Big! There’s No Money, But Think Big

Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

A story from Sunday’s Aspen Times caught our eye as illustrative of the way Sen. Cory Gardner does business–as interpreted by local officials on the Western Slope discussing a possible new reservoir on the White River east of Rangely:

Three variations of a potential dam that could someday sit astride the main stem of the White River between Meeker and Rangely have been examined by the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District in Rangely…

[Engineer Steve] Jamieson said the district started studying the maximum size of the potential reservoirs after Sen. Cory Gardner asked during a site visit, “How big can you make this reservoir?”

During his presentation Jamieson repeatedly referred to Sen. Gardner, using phrases such as “this is the maximum Cory Gardner reservoir.”

“The maximum Cory Gardner reservoir.” As the Times reports, there are three different proposals to build a dam of varying height on the White River, which would result in progressively larger capacity reservoirs to replace the existing Kenney Reservoir which is gradually losing its storage capacity to sedimentation. Obviously, the higher the dam you build, the more it will cost.

Which brings us to the next logical question:

A roundtable member asked, “Did the senator promise the money for this?” [Pols emphasis]

The basin roundtables operate under the auspices of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and review grants for water projects.

“No, he did not, unfortunately,” said Brad McCloud of EIS Solutions, a public affairs consulting firm retained by the district. “We asked.”

The irony of a representative of EIS Solutions, one of the state’s busiest Republican political consultant groups, delivering the bad news that Cory Gardner has nothing to offer to actually help build the “maximum Cory Gardner reservoir” was not lost on us! Of course, it’s not our purpose to make a judgment on the objective merits of building a large new reservoir in western Colorado–we know our readers will not be unanimous on this question. The point is that if Cory Gardner wants to leave some kind of Wayne Aspinall-style legacy of water storage projects across the landscape of Colorado, he needs to have the pork-barrel juice to back it up. And it would seem that Gardner does not.

Perhaps the “maximum Cory Gardner reservoir” is a tub just big enough to drown the government in?

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    So, you’re saying you can’t build a dam on rhetorical pablum, false promises, shady equivocations, dodging and weaving, and when all else fails, outright lies?? . . . 

    . . . dunno’ why not — Gardner’s engineered an entire political career on nothing but those!?

    . . . although, I guess nothing he’s ever said or done holds any water . . .

  2. bullshit! says:

    He's going to pay for it with magic money from the Trump tax cuts.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Maybe California will pay for it … or Baja California. Hey, if the leader of the party can say Mexico will pay for the wall, Cory can promise funding coming from the rich people in California.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    …meanwhile in the eastern watershed, this ‘once jewel’ of Yuma County, Bonnie Reservoir:

  5. Gilpin Guy says:

    I am one of those folks who think watershed infrastructure investments are a must.  My neighbors are mostly mad about the Gross Reservoir expansion but it comes across as NIMBY Climate Science denying.  "We believe something must be done to deal with future disruptions in our water supplies but not in our backyard."  I get the we don't want a big fat damn for more golf courses but you can't conserve what you don't have.

    Gardner continues to prove he is a wanker with a big ideas and no solutions.  Maybe he can use his standard "studying the issue and currently undecided" excuse.  It's lame but well used.

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