Plan has economic, environmental pitfalls


Opinion piece on the Flaming Gorge Pipeline from Drew Peternell, Director of TU’s Colorado Water Project:

Developer Aaron Million is selling his proposed 500-mile water pipeline from Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Utah-Wyoming border to the Front Range as a win for everyone, from thirsty Front Range communities to farmers to fish.

If you buy that, I’ve got riverfront property in the Mojave Desert to sell you.

The recent panel discussion on the proposal at the University of Wyoming highlighted some of the very real economic and environmental pitfalls of this multi-billion-dollar pipe dream (“Debate centers on water project,” April 1 Coloradoan). As hydrologist Dan Leucke pointed out at that event, the proposal is rife with problems.


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