Utah - Green River

State: Utah

The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam in far northeastern Utah combined with the Little Mountain region of Wyoming is known as the Outlaw Triangle and is where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had their hideout in the late 1800s.

The trophy trout fishing in the Green below Flaming Gorge Dam actually extends all the way downstream into the way to the Colorado border, but the first 20 or 30 miles or so of this prized tailwater could rightfully be included in the West’s “top 10 list of best trout fisheries.”

Currently there is a proposal to pump 250,000 acre-feet of water out of the Green River annually, then to pipe it across Wyoming and down to the front range of Colorado. If this were to happen, both the fishery on the reservoir, and the river would be dramatically threatened.

The entire Green has long been a priority in our overflights. It has been severely compromised by the natural gas development in the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah gas fields in Wyoming and still further downriver in Utah where more natural gas fields threaten the areas surrounding Desolation Canyon. EcoFlight has overflight requests to fly the Noble Basin of the Wyoming Range in the Upper Green (Hoback is the tributary) watershed to ensure that 136 proposed wells are not drilled in this wildlife sensitive area and specifically to prevent the water pollution that has become so prevalent in gas fields, which will end up downstream in the Colorado River.