Salt Lake City, Utah
Released On: May 18, 2012
An environmental assessment was conducted in 2007 and was reinitiated in January 2012 to analyze the effects on the environment based on new information that has become available or changed since 2007.
Public meetings were held in El Paso, TX, and Las Cruces, N.M., in April as part of the effort to gather public input. Reclamation is preparing a supplemental environmental assessment under NEPA. It will describe potential environmental impacts from implementation of proposed operating procedures of the Rio Grande Project. In general, the project area includes from Elephant Butte Dam to the county line between El Paso and Hudspeth counties.
These operating procedures calculate, account for, and sustainably manage Rio Grande Project irrigation water supply, releases, and deliveries.
The Rio Grande Project is authorized to deliver irrigation water to south-central New Mexico and west Texas and to deliver water to Mexico in accordance with an international treaty.
The summary is now available on Reclamation's website and at Reclamation's El Paso and Albuquerque offices. It sets forth issues raised during the scoping process and describes the proposed scope of the environmental analyses to be included in the supplemental environmental assessment.
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