Water Study

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Colorado will spend a half-million dollars to study a plan to pipe unused Colorado River water across the Continental Divide.

Governor Owens signed a bill yesterday authorizing the study.

Opponents said the study of the Big Straw proposal was a waste of money on a project that would be too expensive anyway.

Cost estimates range from five- to 15-(b) billion dollars.

Supporters say the study is necessary to find a use for water that the state is entitled to but doesn't have the storage capacity to keep.

The bill was one of 16 Owens signed into law.