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
Media Contact: Kara Lamb, [email protected]
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]
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at http://www.usbr.gov
Please feel free to contact me with any related questions or concerns.
Bureau of Reclamation