Reclamation Releases a Final Environmental Assessment for Developing Hydropower at Shavano Falls

Media Contact: Terry Stroh, 970-248-0608
Justyn Hock, 970-248-065

For Release: June 11, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Reclamation announced today that it has released a final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a hydropower project in an area referred to as "Shavano Falls," part of the Uncompahgre Project in Montrose, Colo.

The project, proposed by the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association, will be located at existing Reclamation facilities on the Montrose and Delta Canal at Shavano Falls. A Lease of Power Privilege will authorize the use of federal facilities and Uncompahgre Project water to construct, operate, and maintain a 2.8 megawatt hydropower facility.

The hydropower plant will operate on irrigation water conveyed in the Montrose and Delta Canal, and no new diversions will occur as a result of the hydropower project. Construction activities and operation of the hydropower plant will not affect the delivery of irrigation water.

The final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact is available on our web site or a copy can be received by contacting Reclamation.

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