Pipe dream: Water plan has a lot of hurdles


Depending on whom you ask, Aaron Million’s idea is either the solution to Colorado’s water problems or a quixotic scheme with no anchor in reality.

The Fort Collins entrepreneur wants to build a pipeline from western Wyoming to Colorado’s Front Range, a 560-mile journey that would terminate at a new reservoir in eastern El Paso County. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a series of public meetings this month on the proposal.

Water suppliers here aren’t banking on the $2 billion to $3 billion pipeline being built.

“Physically, it’s feasible. Politically, that is a whole different question,” said Kip Petersen, general manager of Cherokee Metropolitan District.

“It’s going to foreclose other water users,” said Drew Peternell, with Trout Unlimited. The group is also worried how taking the water would impact endangered fish in the Green River.


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