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Proposed water project in northern Colorado advances

Posted at 3:19 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 17:19:14-04

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its final environmental impact statement on a proposed project that would satisfy water needs for more than a dozen partners in northern Colorado until 2040.

The Greeley Tribune reports the plan would provide 40,000 acre feet of water per year to the partners — or roughly enough for 80,000 families. It also calls for two reservoirs, one north of Fort Collins and the other north of Eaton.

Most of the impacts analyzed in the report were considered minor or subtle, but there were some areas of concern. Those include the destruction of wildlife habitat by building the reservoirs, as well as reduced flows along the Poudre River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take public comments until Sept. 4.