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Jun 30, 2011 11:20 AM by James H Egbert

Task force to be formed for Flaming Gorge

As Colorado grows, so does the need for more water to sustain the infrastructure for population growth. Stakeholders including many of Colorado's river basins have formerly agreed to the formation of a task force that will study issues related to potentially diverting water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming to Colorado.

Colorado water officials made the decision last Wednesday so that the group could sort out concerns and issues. It would not be the task force's function to endorse any project but it would include representatives from environmental, recreation and agricultural interests.

Some conservationists and Western Slope water officials had questioned forming a task force when it's not clear how much water is available under multi-state compacts to divert.

A proposal of a 578-mile pipeline to deliver Wyoming water to Colorado was made by entrepreneur, Aaron Million. Parker Water & Sanitation District manager Frank Jaeger is leading a separate effort to explore a potential pipeline.

 

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