Gov. John Hickenlooper Wednesday endorsed a major water storage project in northern Colorado. The Windy Gap Firming Project would shift water from the Western Slope to the Front Range to meet demand from population growth.
Water for the reservoir would be pumped from the Windy Gap Reservoir on the Colorado River near Granby, west of the Continental Divide, through an existing tunnel to the east side of the divide. A reservoir, called Chimney Hollow and projected to cost $400 million, would be built near Loveland
Other cities that are part of the project include Broomfield, Greeley and Longmont. The plan still needs a federal permit. Critics worry about the impact on the Colorado River and Grand Lake. Supporters say steps would be taken to address those concerns.