BLM backs Christo’s river proposal

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Artist Christo’s plan to suspend nearly six miles worth of fabric over parts of the Arkansas River in Colorado is largely intact under a version that federal land managers have identified as the preferred alternative for the project. However, it would happen in 2014 instead of 2013.

The Bureau of Land Management has been reviewing Christo’s Over the River project, plus alternatives, before deciding whether to issue a permit for it this fall.

On Thursday, the agency identified the vision Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, had to suspend fabric in eight sections along a 42-mile stretch of the river next to U.S. 50 as its preferred option, though it made adjustments to protect wildlife and other resources.

One viewing center along the highway also was removed to improve traffic.