Reclamation Releases the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact on a Trail System at Ridgway Reservoir

Media Contact: Jennifer Hamilton, 970-248-0651
Justyn Hock, 970-248-0625

For Release: August 26, 2013

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Reclamation announced today that it released the final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact on a proposed trail system at Ridgway Reservoir that will be part of the recreation opportunities available at Ridgway State Park.

Reclamation has selected the proposed action and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will construct and manage five miles of hiking and biking trails on the east side of Highway 550, across from the Dutch Charlie Recreation Site near Ridgway, Colo. Three miles of the trail system will compliment an adjacent Bureau of Land Management trail project, which will result in 20 miles of new trails in the area.

Reclamation and Ridgway State Park will also implement a seasonal closure of the area east of Highway 550 to public access and use to protect wintering big game when trail construction is completed. Construction of the new trail system is anticipated in 2014.

The final EA and FONSI are available at on our web site under 'environmental assessments or a copy can be received by contacting Jennifer Hamilton with Reclamation in Grand Junction at 970) 248-0651 or jhamilton@usbr.gov.

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