Monday, June 27, 2011

State Parks board OKs Over the River

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

In the ongoing battle for Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude's Over the River project, another potentially helpful milestone for the pro-OTR side: The Colorado State Parks board has given its stamp of approval for the project.

As reported by today, the board of directors met in Eagle last Friday to talk about Over the River, deciding unanimously that the installation would be a good addition to the state, despite worries about the environmental impacts.

As part of the Parks board memorandum, the state and the Over the River corporation struck a deal for $550,000 — an amount that will be given to the state to offset administrative fees and environmental costs should the project go forward.

Ultimately, this nod means nothing if the Royal Gorge field office of the Bureau of Land Management refuses the project. And according to a June 21 post on the official "Over the River" website, word from the BLM is that a record of decision will be announced in the near future. Or rather, the BLM "continues to indicate" as much.

Stay tuned.

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