Just to clarify, this project is to bring power from the Estes Park hydro-power plant, out of Estes Park to growing Front Range communities like Loveland (that is, where CSUMarmot lives). That being said, residents here, ourselves included, have shown great support for sending reliable power from Estes Park to places that need it, but we are opposing what promises to be a damaging re-route which will be at the tax-payer's expense and a great detriment to the landscape.
Check out the map below. The red line on the map is the utility corridor designated by the USFS. The current, pre-existing Estes-Flatiron Transmission Line follows this USFS Designated Utility Corridor out of Estes Park, CO. Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has a current proposal on the table to re-build the transmission line between Estes Park and Flatiron (see map). However, after what appears to be undue influence, they have changed their plans from a rebuild, and instead they now plan to re-route the original transmission line away from a single influential land-owner and into highly scenic public travel corridors, overlooks, residential areas, and trail head, campgrounds.
see a large map here: http://www.responsiblelines.org/wp-cont ... -1.3MB.png
We are trying to get as many people as possible to write in and say, "WAPA, Use the route you have. Re-build the line, Don't re-route it up scenic highway 36 or through highly scenic trailheads and campgrounds in the National Forest where no utility corridor exists."
There's a comment page on the website, where you can send the comment there or delete it and write your own. Let's tell WAPA to use the route they have along the Designated Utility Corridor, get CSUMarmot some reliable power, and stay away from our scenic public areas, for the good of everyone.
Take action here: http://www.responsiblelines.org/takeaction
The private property owner (APC Crocker Ranch LLC owned by the Pew family heirs) currently blocks access to Mount Olympus, Mount Pisgah, most of the public access to Roosevelt National Forest adjacent to the East end of Estes Park, and the once public "Loveland Road" that dates back to 1877. They apparently want the DOE's pre-existing line out of their private valley too. So far, they’re succeeding. However, if enough of us speak up, the DOE might just listen....
P.S. On the Mountain Project forum, someone back in 2004 is quoted as saying, "The whole south face of Olympus is Crocker Ranch property and is off limits to climbers, period...unless you want an ass full of buckshot, don't even think about it."