Missouri River water sought by western states
December 5, 2012
DENVER – Federal officials are considering a pipeline to pump water from the Missouri River to western states to deal with increasing overuse of the Colorado River.
The diversion is listed as a possibility after review of more than 100 ideas submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Bureau officials said Tuesday the Missouri River Reuse Project will be reviewed as part of a federal study on water supply for the West.
According to the Denver Post, Colorado officials have not taken a position on the proposals.
The Missouri diversion described in federal documents would require a pipeline across Kansas, with water used to fill surface reservoirs and recharge depleted aquifers along the way to metro Denver.