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Corps to study Flaming Gorge-Front Range pipeline

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. ” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has begun evaluating an ambitious plan to pump water from southwest Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the Colorado Front Range.

The project would involve building a 560-mile pipeline at a cost of $4 billion.

A private company, Million Conservation Resource Group, has filed for permits for the project. Aaron Million, a businessman from Fort Collins, Colo., estimates that between permitting and construction, the project would take at least five years.

The Corps of Engineers has scheduled public meetings on the pipeline proposal April 14 in Green River and April 16 in Laramie, according to Rena Brand, project manager with the agency.

The pipeline would follow Interstate 80 across the Continental Divide to Laramie, then parallel U.S. 287 south into Colorado, according to preliminary plans.

Sixteen natural gas-powered pumping stations would keep the water moving.

About 250,000 acre-feet of water a day would be delivered as far south as Pueblo, Colo. An acre-foot is enough water to cover an acre with a foot of water. An acre-foot is about as much water as one or two average American families use each year.

The water would come out of the unused portion of Green River Basin water allocated to Wyoming and Colorado under the Upper Colorado River Compact.


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