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Town Hall Meeting on the
Flaming Gorge/ "Million" Pipeline


Over 7,000 participate in Flaming Gorge Forum

Residents of the West don't want their rivers dried-up, their recreation ruined, and special places destroyed. They especially don't want their taxpayer dollars to support irresponsible projects. That was the feedback received through a telephone town hall meeting that provided 7,400 members of the public the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline.

The controversial pipeline is a 560 mile-long project that would remove a massive amount of water from both the Green and Colorado Rivers. The water would be used for future growth along Colorado's Front Range. The audience uniformly expressed concern and consternation about this proposed pipeline that would from stretch from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwestern Wyoming to cities in the South Denver Metro region.

A panel of experts, including WRA Water Program director Bart Miller, laid-out what's behind the proposal and what it means to residents in a three-state region. Callers lit-up switchboards to ask questions about how much the project would cost, who would benefit, and remark how little information has been publicly available up until now.

Participants sent a clear message: they are not convinced that the pipeline should be built at all. It would transport the most expensive water Colorado has ever seen, use a huge amount of energy, and have severe negative economic impacts to the region around Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The proposal also ignores less expensive and less controversial solutions for meeting water needs, such as conservation, efficiency, reuse, and other smaller projects.

In mid-September, the Colorado Water Conservation Board will determine whether they will continue to use taxpayer dollars to fund a task force looking into the viability of the Flaming Gorge pipeline. Upon gathering feedback from the public at the town hall forum, this appears to be a very unpopular idea.

This video by Pete McBride illustrates vividly the problems with this pipeline.

The Town Hall Meeting

A telephone town hall meeting was held on Wednesday night, July 27th, and was attended by 7,400 members of the public. They came bearing questions and concerns about this controversial project.

Bart Miller of Western Resource Advocates, Bill Dvorak, owner of Dvorak Expeditions, and Elise Jones of the Colorado Environmental Coalition discussed the cost, impacts, and alternatives to the proposal to pipe water from the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Colorado's Front Range.

Click the links below to listen a few audio segments from the meeting to hear what was on the public's mind:

You can still voice your opinion: To sign our online petition, click here.

What's Wrong with this Pipeline Project?

If built, the Flaming Gorge/ "Million" pipeline project would move 81 billion gallons of water each year from the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming up to 560 miles away to Colorado's Front Range.(Click here to see a map of the proposed pipeline.)

Pictures Tell the Story of the Flaming Gorge Proposal

What You Can Do:

Share your comments and concerns about the Flaming Gorge pipeline proposal with those making decisions on the whether this process moves forward.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is the state agency charged with overseeing state water policy. Their contact information is:

Colorado Water Conservation Board
1313 Sherman St., Room 721
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-3441
Fax: 303-866-4474
Email the CWCB

Each river basin in the state of Colorado is represented by a roundtable group charged with negotiating water solutions with other areas of the state. Let the representatives from your river basin know how you feel about this project:

More information about the pipeline project:

For a more in-depth assessment of the Flaming Gorge pipeline's impacts, costs, and alternatives, visit this page on the WRA website.

On July 14, 2011, The US Army Corps of Engineers ceased their EIS study of Aaron Million's pipeline proposal. Read their notice of Permit Application Withdrawal.