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Environment study due on Christo’s Colorado project

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

This artist's drawing provided by Christo shows an image of a proposed art project by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude that would suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, translucent fabric above parts of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado. The couple proposed taking about two years to set up a system of anchors, frames and cables to suspend the fabric across eight specific spots of a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. Most of the river would be untouched, and fabric would hang roughly horizontally, about 8 to 25 feet above the water.(AP Photo/Christo) ** NO SALES **

CANON CITY, Colo. – A draft environmental impact statement will be released July 16 on a plan to drape fabric over sections of the Arkansas River in Colorado.

The project, called Over the River, was created by the artists Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude.

A system of anchors, frames and cables would be used to suspend 5.9 miles of fabric across eight spots along a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas between the towns of Salida and Canon City.

The environmental study is required because the federal Bureau of Land Management has jurisdiction over much of the land.

The BLM says the study will include seven alternatives, including not allowing the project.

A copy of the Draft EIS will be available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/planning/otr.html.