Reclamation Requests Comments on a Proposed Hydropower Project at Ridgway Dam

Media Contact: Steve McCall, (970) 248-0638
Justyn Hock, (970) 248-0625

For Release: September 26, 2011

Reclamation has released a draft environmental assessment for a proposed hydropower project at Ridgway Dam in Ouray County, Colo., to the public for review and comment.

The project, proposed by the Tri-County Water Conservancy District, would generate electricity using existing water releases from Ridgway Dam throughout the year. Ridgway Dam is a feature of the Dallas Creek Project, which is a federal Reclamation project designed to provide irrigation and drinking water to Montrose, Delta, and Ouray counties in western Colorado.

The draft environmental assessment is available online at under environmental documents or by contacting Steve McCall with Reclamation at (970) 248-0638 or

Reclamation will consider all comments received prior to preparing a final environmental assessment. Comments can be submitted to the email address above or to: Carol DeAngelis, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Comments are due by November 1, 2011.

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