Flaming Gorge Pipeline: Green River and Rock Springs join opposition

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From the Associated Press via the Aspen Times:

The two largest cities in Sweetwater County are organizing to fight two proposed projects that would divert water from the Green River Basin to the Colorado Front Range. They’ve agreed to form a coalition and possibly hire a public relations firm to challenge the proposals, which include construction of a 560-mile pipeline [Regional Watershed Supply Project] from Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Denver. The projects are a “big elephant facing us,” Green River Mayor Hank Castillon said in giving his support to the new coalition Wednesday. “This is a complex and unique struggle we’re in,” he said.

Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo lent his support. “I don’t think we can wait any longer,” Kaumo said. “We need to stick together and see just how successful we can be.”[…]

Also in the works is a less-publicized proposal to divert water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the Parker Water and Sanitation District near Denver. [ed. actually the Colorado-Wyoming Coalition pipeline includes many South Metro water providers not just Parker Water and Sanitation.]

Bill Sniffin, head of the public relations and marketing firm Wyoming Inc., made a pitch to lead a marketing effort against the pipeline projects. The Lander-based company provides marketing, research and public relations services. Sniffin estimated it would cost between $75,000 and $150,000 for his firm to carry the coalition’s fight against the pipeline projects for the first year.

More Coyote Gulch coverage here and here.

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