Changing the direction of a river from its natural course: it sounds dramatic, and it can be. These transbasin diversions have changed Colorado's landscape and economy. With high demand for Colorado's water, and needs that differ across the state, transbasin diversions have resulted in some long-standing grudges between basins, but also cooperative agreements that created good neighbors and environmental stewards.
This guide highlights the history, costs and benefits of these controversial water projects, from both an historic and current point of view.
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