Beginning July 16, the Bureau of Land Management will release its Over the River Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public review. It will be available at blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/planning/otr.html.
The "Over the River" project, proposed by world-renowned artists Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude, involves draping a series of fabric panels over 5.9 miles of the Arkansas River.
Like most of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's pieces, "Over the River" has garnered much controversy, ranging from concerns about the environmental impact to the fear that an influx of traffic will cause highway accidents and jams. Yet the duo is known for battling years for an installation, having successfully wrapped coastlines, government buildings and even a valley near Rifle ("Valley Curtain").
The BLM has announced a series of public meetings/hearings on the issue:
Cañon City: Harrison K-8 School Monday, August 9, 2010
920 Field Ave. Open House: 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Cañon City, CO Hearing: 6:00 p.m. — last comment
Salida: Salida High School Tuesday, August 10, 2010
905 D Street Open House: 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Salida, CO Hearing: 6:00 p.m. — last comment
Cotopaxi: Cotopaxi School Wednesday, August 11, 2010
345 County Road 12 Open House: 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Cotopaxi, CO Hearing: 6:00 p.m. — last comment
Denver: Doubletree Hotel Denver Thursday, August 12, 2010
3203 Quebec Street Open House: 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. Hearing:
Denver, CO 6:00 p.m. — last comment