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Big water diversion proposed from Green River just upstream of Dinosaur NMon

In years past, there have been proposals to divert water out of the Yampa River, the last major undammed tributary in the Colorado River system, for use on Colorado's Front Range. None has ever been approved. Now, however, a Colorado man is seeking approval to divert 55,000 acre-feet of water a year from the Green River in Utah just upstream of Dinosaur National Monument to Colorado's Front Range.

As outlined by Aaron P. Million, the managing member of Water Horse Resources, LLC, the diversion near Browns Park would be used to provide water for "irrigation, stockwatering domestic, commerical, municipal, mining and industrial" uses. But there's great opposition to the project, including from both the state of Utah and the Interior Department on behalf of the National Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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