Reclamation Issues a Lease of Power Privilege to Develop Hydropower at Ridgway Dam

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

For Release: December 20, 2011

Reclamation announced today that it will issue a Lease of Power Privilege (LOPP) to the Tri-County Water Conservancy District to develop hydropower resources at Ridgway Dam, a feature of the Bureau of Reclamation's Dallas Creek Project located near Ridgway, Colo.

Reclamation will issue the LOPP based on the final environmental assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposal. These documents have been completed in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act to address the effects of the construction and operation of hydropower facilities. The FONSI concludes that the proposal will not significantly affect the human environment

The final EA and FONSi are available at: under environmental documents or a copy can be received by contacting Steve McCall with Reclamation in Grand Junction at (970) 248-0638.

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