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Colorado man revives proposal to pipe water from Green River to Front Range

The canyon of the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam in northeast Utah reverberates with fall light in 2010

GRAND JUNCTION — A Colorado man has brought back a disputed proposal to pipe water from the Green River watershed to Colorado’s Front Range.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports Aaron Million of Fort Collins has filed for a water right with the state of Utah for the project, which would involve diverting water from the Green River near the Browns Park area close to the Colorado state line.

The water would be piped east in Wyoming and then south into Colorado.

The project differs from a version Million proposed years ago in that it involves about a fifth as much water, and the previous incarnation would have diverted water upstream, from Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2012 denied a preliminary permit application for the pipeline proposal.

The previous proposal drew opposition from conservation groups.

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The new proposal is drawing similar scrutiny.