I’ve lived in Colorado’s Front Range for several years, and I love the diversity of people and geography that it offers. Unfortunately, Colorado is a very arid part of the country, making each of its rivers an essential resource for both human and animal populations.
As people continue to flock to this gorgeous part of the country, municipal water supplies are being taxed beyond their capacity. In a desperate attempt to meet the growing need for water, the Colorado Water Conservation Board is poised to approve a drastic project that will devastate trout populations, protected wildlife habitats and local tourism and recreation spots in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
This proposal — called the “Flaming Gorge Pipeline” — would charge taxpayers $9 billion to annually siphon 81 billion gallons of water out of the Green River at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwest Wyoming and pump it 560 miles across Wyoming, up and over the Continental Divide, and down to Colorado.
On September 13, 2011, the Colorado Water Conservation Board will consider a $150,000 grant request from a regional water authority that will push the Flaming Gorge Pipeline to create a special task force to study the proposed project.
Learn more about the Flaming Gorge area in the video below, and if you don’t think taxpayer dollars should be used to fund a project that will further destroy the Green and Colorado rivers, call or email the Colorado Water Conservation Board to voice your opinion.
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