Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more angry about federal water policy, we’re getting word of a pipeline to move Missouri River water to Colorado.
The Missouri diversion described in Bureau of Reclamation documents would require a pipeline across Kansas.
The water would be used to fill surface reservoirs and recharge depleted aquifers along the way to metropolitan Denver.
It would convey 600,000 acre-feet of water a year depending on Midwestern needs.
That diversion is listed among more than 100 sometimes far-fetched ideas submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, including “towing an iceberg wrapped in some type of plastic to California and capturing the meltwater”; tapping the Mississippi River; and “filling large nylon water bags” in Alaska for distribution down south.
Bureau of Reclamation officials on Tuesday said the “Missouri River Reuse Project” will be evaluated for feasibility following the release in coming weeks of a study on water supply for the West. Western states are considering ways to deal with increasing overuse of the Colorado River.
Colorado Department of Natural Resources spokesman Todd Hartman told the Denver Post “the state of Colorado has not taken a formal position on the pipeline or any of the options,”
Beyond political hurdles, such a project would cost billions.