Stop Thornton's Pipe Dream

We are a grassroots group formed in Fall 2017 to fight the City of Thornton’s plans to build a pipeline through North Fort Collins and along the Weld and Larimer County Line. We advocate that Thornton take advantage of the most obvious and least harmful solution: using the Poudre River as a pipeline. Doing so increases the health, vitality and survival of the Poudre River; our ecological and economic backbone.

Leaving the water in the Poudre avoids 20 miles of pipeline in Larimer County through residential neighborhoods. It curtails a long, destructive construction process for  residents and commuters. In February 2019, after 7 public hearings--a record for any 1041 application presented to Larimer County--the County Commissioners voted 3-0 AGAINST Thornton's plans to build the pipeline along the northern route.

It was a victory unheard of and called impossible by many. We need to make sure it sticks.

Thornton responded with a lawsuit against Larimer County in April 2019. We must keep the County Commissioners on task and remembering why they voted down the 1041. We need to continue to influence the process to ensure no out-of-court settlements happen between the two parties behind closed doors and without public input.

No Pipe Dream Corp is filing a motion to intervene in Thornton’s lawsuit. This gives us a seat at the table. Our lawyer will keep the citizens' overwhelming desires for a different route (i.e. the Poudre River) top of mind for the County and Thornton.

He will make every effort to avoid an out-of-court settlement that would disregard the interest of the No Pipe Dream Corporation and Larimer County citizens.

To intervene, we need funds! Please consider giving.

The cost of intervention could approach $20,000.

These are funds NPD needs to raise NOW to give our lawyer a seat at the table. 

We are deeply thankful and grateful for any help you can provide. We know many of you have given before. Your support has taken us far.

For additional information, please visit our website:

The increased water flows would be significantly beneficial to the currently ailing health of the Poudre as it runs through Fort Collins, as well as to wetlands, environmental and recreational resources and the communities and businesses that depend on them. 

Donate for the river today!  Donate to avoid a pipeline through private property and stop Thornton from seizing property via eminent domain.

We did it before, we can do it again!

Please note: Donations are not tax deductible.

PS. No Pipe Dream is now a non-profit corporation. If you would rather send a check, please make it out to No Pipe Dream Corp. and send it to PO Box 2465, Fort Collins, CO 80522.

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