Developer progressing plans for $2.3 billion water pipeline to Colorado

A development group based in Colorado has secured an infrastructure partnership for a 338-mile pipeline it wants to build, BizWest reported.

The project would pipe water from the Green River-fed Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah and Wyoming to Colorado’s Front Range, and could cost up to $2.3 billion, the article states.

Water Horse Resources, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, is hoping to develop the pipeline and has secured Florida-based construction company MasTec Inc. as a development partner, BizWest reported.

“MasTec will lead construction of the company’s proposed 338-mile, minimum 55,000-acre-foot pipeline to deliver water from the Green River, a tributary of the upper Colorado River Basin, to Colorado’s Front Range for agriculture, municipal and environmental in-stream flows benefiting the Poudre and South Platte River systems,” according to a Water Horse Resources press release.

Aaron Miller is the founder and CEO of Water Horse Resources and proposed the pipeline project almost 20 years ago, reported the Northern Colorado Business Report, a predecessor of BizWest.

“Million, who grew up in the Green River, Utah area, was pursuing a master’s degree in resource economics at Colorado State University in the summer of 2003, when he said he was sitting in Morgan Library staring at a map of Colorado. He noticed that the Green River loops briefly into Colorado from Utah, making it a legal tributary of the Colorado River mainstem,” according to the article.

“That geographic fact meant a legal filing and appropriation of Flaming Gorge water could be made and, according to Million, no one in Colorado had ever done so.”

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