Flaming George Pipeline: Colorado’s Most Controversial Hydropower Project
Flamingo Gorge pipeline is put forward to use up huge amount of water from Green River in southwest Wyoming. The proposal would pump and drain out water across Continental Divide, Wyoming, and Front Range of Colorado.
The proposed duct is not only expensive, but also awful method in terms of river protection and water supply policy in Colorado. Once the proposal went public, people started protesting and voted to stop funding for research, and study material for the channel.
Water conservation communities highlighted that Colorado is a growing state and it should focus on protection first. The organization stated that the government should not waste public’s money on such outlandish projects, but instead focus on conserving water supply solutions, recycling, re-use of water, and mutual collaboration with farmers.
“Save the Colorado” plan is to stop the Flaming Gorge Pipeline and collaborators created STOPFLAMINGGORGEPIPELINE.ORG where public votes went. People can also sign petition, and share it their friends to oppose this project. If pipeline was built, the condition could have gone worse by now.
The natural resources like water should be given more importance; Flaming Gorge pipeline would have created ideal state for noxious weeds, affecting bighorn sheep, mule deer, and few other species. The fluctuating flows on river below dam level will impact few species, such as osprey, bald eagle, river otter, and yellow billed cuckoo. The lower water levels could only add to challenges. Moreover, it could stop access to available boat ramps that would impact business, which depends on the shores and reservoir of Flaming Gorge.