Reclamation Requests Comments on Proposed Orchard Mesa Irrigation District System Improvements

Media Contact: Justyn Hock, (970) 248-0625
Terry Stroh, (970) 248-0608

For Release: November 30, 2009

Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will prepare an environmental assessment to evaluate the impacts of a proposed system improvement project for Orchard Mesa Irrigation District (OMID). The proposed project includes: construction of a 100-acre-foot reservoir on approximately 15 acres, upgraded check structures in Orchard Mesa Canals No. 1 and No. 2, installation of remote monitoring systems, construction of a recirculation pump system at Duck Pond Park, and improved operational procedures. The goal of the project is provide a more reliable water supply throughout the canal systems and save an estimated 17,000 acre-feet of water per year. The project plan is available online at:" under Current Focus.

Reclamation and the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District will hold an open house/information meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mesa View Elementary School on Thursday, December 3, 2009. The school is located at 2967 B Rd and the open house meeting will be in the cafeteria. Reclamation requests that comments be submitted no later than January 8, 2010 to assist in development of a draft environmental assessment. Written comments can be mailed to Terence Stroh, Bureau of Reclamation, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction, CO 81506, or emailed to

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