Reclamation to Host Public Meetings on Clark Canyon Contract Renewals Draft Environmental Assessment

Media Contact: Todd Dixon, (406) 247-7300
Mark Andersen, (406) 247-7610

For Release: November 18, 2005

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled public meetings in Dillon and Twin Bridges, Mont., pertaining to the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the renewal of long-term water contracts or conversion to repayment contracts with the Clark Canyon Water Supply Company and the East Bench Irrigation District.

Reclamation has prepared a draft EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and will be soliciting written comments on the draft EA until December 6, 2005.

Two public meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

Dillon Wednesday, November 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Dillon Search and Rescue Building
1000 Highway 41
Twin Bridges     Thursday, December 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Twin Bridges High School, Montana Room,
210 West 6th Avenue

Both meetings will be an open house format with a short presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

The Bureau of Reclamation has also created a website to inform the public about issues and activities related to the Clark Canyon contract renewals. The website,, provides electronic copy of the draft EA, as well as updated news on public meetings, comment periods, and other related events. For more information, contact Buck Feist, 406-247-7607.

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