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Thirsty Colorado cities eye Wyoming water

Bruce Finley
The Denver Post

A project once considered far-fetched – piping water from western Wyoming across the Continental Divide to Colorado’s booming Front Range cities – is getting a renewed look.

Colorado municipal water suppliers are in discussions with their Wyoming counterparts exploring the feasibility. Separately, a private entrepreneur’s proposal to build a pipeline is under federal review.

Colorado government officials – who have met with both contingents and are talking with Wyoming officials – recently included the “Flaming Gorge concept” among four options for diverting Western Slope water to the Front Range.

The $3 billion pipeline would carry water not claimed from the Green River Basin, south of Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains, along Interstate 80 and Interstate 25 to high-growth cities from Fort Collins to Pueblo.

Huge hurdles remain, including financing and Colorado’s and Wyoming’s obligations to downriver states under an interstate compact. Conservationists object to the potential environmental impact of withdrawing the water.

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