Flaming Gorge pipeline update

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Here’s an update on Aaron Million’s Flaming Gorge pipeline (Regional Watershed Supply Project), from Kevin Duggan writing for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. From the article:

The EIS process includes a series of “scoping” meetings during which members of the public may ask questions of the project’s proponents and Corps officials and submit comments on environmental issues that should considered during the study, said Monique Farmer, spokeswoman for Corps. Meetings are scheduled in six communities that would be affected by the project, including Vernal, Utah; Green River, Wyo.; and Pueblo. The Fort Collins meeting is scheduled April 20 at Fossil Ridge High School. An EIS is required for the project under the National Environmental Policy Act for it to receive federal permits…

The pipeline could fit in with several communities’ efforts to secure water for future growth, including the Northern Integrated Supply Project, or NISP, proposed by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Million said. The pipeline could be used to fill Glade Reservoir, which would be built near Ted’s Place as part of NISP, or the Cactus Hill Reservoir proposed east of Fort Collins that would be an alternative to Glade…

Northern Water officials have spoken with Million but have not taken a position on the project, said district spokesman Brian Werner. The proposal “has a lot of hurdles to clear” before it could be built, he said…

Northern Water wants to learn the results of a state survey on the availability of water before weighing in on Million’s project as well as other pipeline proposals, Werner said. “We would agree there is need for additional water supplies for the Front Range of Colorado,” he said. “We’re a long way from endorsing any of those projects.”

More Coyote Gulch coverage here and here.

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