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Aug 12, 2010 7:18 PM by Greg Boyce

Federal regulators consider Christo's river art

DENVER (AP) - Artist Christo says he's not going to speculate about his next step if federal regulators don't support his proposal to suspend huge fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, proposed temporarily hanging a total of nearly six miles of fabric in eight spots along a 42-mile stretch of the river as early as 2013.  The Bureau of Land Management held meetings this week in Canon City, Salida, Cotopaxi and Denver for the public to comment on its draft environmental impact statement on the "Over the River" project.

Critics have said it could ruin local tourism, fishing, wildlife habitat and traffic. Christo's team said Thursday there are many misconceptions about the project.

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