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Old 10-27-2009   #1
 
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Ruedi, Green Mountain and Horsetooth EA, public comment period

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Tomorrow, October 28, 2009, Reclamation is kicking off a public comment scoping period for a new Environmental Assessment. We will also be hosting two informational public open houses next week, November 4 in Basalt, Colo., and November 5 in Granby. Please see the news release beloew (and attached) for details:


Eastern Colorado Area Office
Loveland, Colo.

Media Contact: Kara Lamb, [email protected]
(970) 962-4326

For Release on: October 27, 2009

Reclamation Hosting Public Open Houses on Water Users’ Commitment to Provide Water for Endangered Fish

The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting two public open houses as part of the public scoping process for its Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the effects of entering into three potential long-term water contracts. Reclamation will be accepting public comments until November 18, 2009.

The first open house will be November 4 in Basalt, Colo. at the Basalt Middle School. The second open house will be November 5 in Granby, Colo. at the Inn at Silver Creek. Both open houses will run from 6-8 p.m.

At the request of east and west slope water users of the Colorado River, Reclamation is considering entering into three proposed long-term water contracts that would provide 10,825 acre-feet of water from Ruedi, Granby, and to a lesser extent, Green Mountain reservoirs to the 15-Mile Reach of the Colorado River – critical habitat already identified for the endangered fish.

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Reclamation is preparing the EA to determine what effects might result from the three proposed contracts. Comments received from the public will help Reclamation identify the scope of the EA.

Comments must be submitted in writing via e-mail to [email protected], or by hard copy. Hard copy letters or comment cards will be accepted at the public open houses, but may also be mailed to: Attn: 10825 EA, MWH, 1110 Elkton Drive, Suite B, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80907. Comments must be received by November 18, 2009.

For additional questions about the public open houses and scoping process, please contact Kara Lamb at (970) 962-4326 or [email protected].


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Please feel free to contact me with any related questions or concerns.

Best,
Kara

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Old 10-28-2009   #2
 
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Kara,

Thanks for posting this notice to inform the recreational boating community of our opportunity to participate in the process. Where can we obtain additional information regarding background on the current situation, the timing of the supplemental releases, anticipated flow impacts, etc.?

Thanks again,

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Kara,

Would any of this impact the Big sThompson flows?
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Reclamation EA public comment process

Hi all,
Good questions! I will answer, but first to correct my typo in my original headline: these proposed contracts will involve Granby Reservoir, Ruedi Reservoir and, to a lesser extent, Green Mountain Reservoir.

So, Craw, no. No impact to flows in the Big Thompson. These contracts are specifically for water releases to endangered fish on the Colorado River--so all flows would be going west.

Andy, yes. For more information, there are several websites. Our NEPA website: Quarterly NEPA Schedule, Great Plains Region, Bureau of Reclamation will track all of our related documents and progress for the EA. This particular process is the second from the bottom on the blue and yellow chart. Our main page, www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao, will post all of our press releases and public meeting info (I'll also post those here). And, for a good background, the water users have a Webpage reviewing the 10825 water study: 10825 WATER SUPPLY STUDY | 10825 Water Supply Study

If you have other questions about this particular EA public process, please don't hesitate to post here, e-mail, or give me a call.

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