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Study Looks At Impacts Of Flaming Gorge Diversions

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Flaming Gorge Reservoir (credit: flaminggorge.com)

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DENVER (AP) – A study commissioned by an environmental policy group says diverting water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Green River in Wyoming to Colorado could hurt tourism and recreation in the area, though effects could be mitigated.

Fort Collins entrepreneur Aaron Million and a coalition of water providers have each explored pipeline proposals to divert Flaming Gorge and Green River water to Colorado.

In a study commissioned by Western Resource Advocates, economic consultant George Oamek said diversions could reduce opportunities for fishing, rafting and camping and in turn reduce business for hotels, restaurants, and commercial outfitters and guides. It estimates regional expenditures could fall by about $39 million annually, representing less than 1 percent of the regional economy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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