Upper Colorado Region News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53827 Reclamation Extends Draft Environmental Assessment Comment Period for Lake Nighthorse Recreation Plan
DURANGO, Colo. – In response to multiple requests, the Bureau of Reclamation will extend the draft environmental assessment comment period for the Lake Nighthorse Recreation Plan to Wednesday, May 25. <P> The draft environmental assessment includes a no action alternative and three alternative recreation plans. These three proposed plans provide different scenarios for recreation at Lake Nighthorse while protecting water quality and sensitive natural, cultural, and other resources and ensure compatibility with the primary purpose of the Animas-La Plata Project for municipal and industrial water supply. <P> The draft environmental assessment is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/progact/animas/index.html, under the Environmental Compliance tab, or interested groups and individuals may request a copy by contacting Justyn Liff at 970-248-0625. <P> Reclamation will consider all comments received prior to preparing a final environmental assessment. Written comments can be submitted by email to jliff@usbr.gov or mailed to: Ed Warner, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave., Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501. <P> Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. <P> Lake Nighthorse is a component of the Animas-La Plata Project that was built to fulfill the water rights settlement of the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian tribes of southwestern Colo. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53767 Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Release 2016 Annual Operating Plan for Middle Rio Grande
Who: Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers <P> What: Release of Annual Operating Plan for the Middle Rio Grande <P> When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. <P> Where: Albuquerque: Bureau of Reclamation Albuquerque Office, 555 Broadway Boulevard NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rio Grande Room or by web ex or conference call. <P> Why: To learn more about the process used for determining this year’s operating plan, water forecast, water storage, potential for water storage and release <P> How: Contact Mary Carlson at (505) 462-3576 with any questions. See information below for web ex/conference call. <P> Background: The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to their annual meeting to explain plans for water operations along the Middle Rio Grande in 2016. Snowpack is below average in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, but we still expect a modest spring runoff. The presentation will cover the process for determining the plan for water operations. It will include a review of the 2015 water predictions, as compared to actual storage and releases. Presenters will then explain the 2016 water forecast, potential for storage and release, and impacts to water-related recreation. <P> __________________________________ <P> The Albuquerque Area Office invites you to attend this online meeting. <P> Topic: Annual Operating Plan Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Time: 1:30 pm, Mountain Daylight Time (Denver, GMT-06:00) Meeting Number: 806 550 456 Meeting Password: wZb5Mi28 <P> ------------------------------------------------------- <P> To join the online meeting <P> ------------------------------------------------------- <P> 1. Go to https://ucbor.webex.com/ucbor/j.php?MTID=m49e6caa22dbb5b378e8da3e9e5865963 2. If requested, enter your name and email address. 3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: wZb5Mi28 4. Click "Join". <P> To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://ucbor.webex.com/ucbor/j.php?MTID=m9fdb242758814281af6f442a7e64e0ec <P> ------------------------------------------------------- <P> To join the audio conference only <P> ------------------------------------------------------- <P> 866-916-4287 <P> Participant Passcode: 5287707 <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53689 Geologic Drilling to Begin at Navajo Dam
DURANGO, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation will begin drilling at Navajo Dam on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to conduct geologic assessments on the downstream slope of the dam. This work will allow Reclamation to characterize foundation materials and enable long term monitoring of groundwater. <P> Construction equipment traffic will be visible on or around the dam during drilling. Drilling activities will produce loud noises along with flying dust and possibly water flowing from drill holes. All of these are normal and expected during this type of project. Drilling is expected to be complete in August 2016. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53568 Reclamation Awards $3.6 Million Contract for Reach 12B of Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a contract for construction of Reach 12B, a feature of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, totaling $3.6 million to Weeminuche Construction Authority of Towaoc, Colorado. <P> Reach 12B, located on the San Juan Lateral of the project, consists of a 36-inch-diameter pipeline extending approximately 1.7 miles from Tohlakai Pumping Plant, a project feature currently under construction, to Reach 13, another project feature currently being completed by the City of Gallup. <P> When the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is completed in 2024, the San Juan Lateral, including Reach 12B, will convey treated project water to Navajo communities as well as to the City of Gallup. In the interim, Reach 12B will provide a key connection that will enable the Navajo Nation to deliver non-project water from groundwater wells owned by the Nation on the Navajo Reservation to Navajo communities in the surrounding area, meeting critical and immediate water needs in those communities. <P> Construction of the pipeline, located approximately 8 miles north of Gallup, NM, in McKinley County, is expected to take 9 months to complete. <P> Construction of the overall project is on schedule for completion in 2024. In October, 2011, the project was identified by the Obama Administration as one of the 14 high-priority infrastructure projects to be expedited through the permitting and environmental review process to support job creation. <P> Project participants, in addition to the Navajo Nation, include the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the city of Gallup, in conjunction with Reclamation, the state of New Mexico, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Indian Health Service. The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is the cornerstone of the San Juan River Basin in New Mexico Navajo Nation Water Rights Settlement Agreement. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53328 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Lake Nighthorse Recreation Plan
DURANGO, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental assessment for the Lake Nighthorse Recreation Plan. <P> The draft environmental assessment includes a no action alternative and three alternative recreation plans. The three proposed plans provide different scenarios for recreation at Lake Nighthorse while protecting water quality and sensitive natural, cultural, and other resources and ensure compatibility with the primary purpose of the Animas-La Plata Project for municipal and industrial water supply. <P> “We appreciate the public’s patience as we work through the process of integrating recreation into the Animas-La Plata Project, said Ed Warner, Area Manager of the Western Colorado Area Office. “We are working as quickly as possible to make sure we address everyone’s concerns, follow regulations and requirements, and consider public safety. We encourage those interested in recreation at Lake Nighthorse to review the draft recreation plan and give us your comments on the proposed alternatives. We are looking forward to recreation becoming a reality on ALP Project lands in the future.” <P> The draft environmental assessment is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/progact/animas/index.html, under the Environmental Compliance tab or a copy can be received by contacting Justyn Liff at 970-248-0625. <P> Reclamation will consider all comments received prior to preparing a final environmental assessment. Written comments can be submitted by email to jliff@usbr.gov or mailed to: Ed Warner, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave., Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Comments are due by Monday, April 25. <P> Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. <P> Lake Nighthorse is a component of the ALP Project. The ALP Project was built to fulfill the water rights settlement of the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian tribes of the southwestern Colo. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53310 Students Today Leaders Forever Volunteer for a Service Project at Grand Junction Wildlife Area
On March 23, 2016, approximately 45 University of Wisconsin students from “Students Today Leaders Forever” volunteered at Reclamation’s Grand Junction Wildlife Area in Grand Junction, Colorado. The student volunteers pruned trees and cut and removed weed barrier material from around cottonwood trees at the wildlife area. The project ensured the health and growth of trees planted in the wildlife area 17 years ago. The trees are important because they provide wildlife habitat, soil stabilization, erosion control, and a measure of flood control. Student leaders with the Wisconsin Chapter of “Students Today Leaders Forever” organized a “Pay It Forward” bus tour over their spring break from Madison, Wisconsin, to Salt Lake City, Utah. The students completed four other volunteer projects before helping at the wildlife area. The wildlife area volunteer project is their last before they meet with other “Students Today Leaders Forever” members for their final volunteer project in Salt Lake City. Megan Dix, one of the student organizers said the volunteer projects have been and an amazing experience for all the students. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/wisconsin/afterweedbarrierremoval.jpg" alt="After the removal of the weed barrier"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/wisconsin/beforeweedbarrierremoval.jpg" alt="Before the removal of the weed barrier"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/wisconsin/ptrees.jpg" alt="Pruning Trees"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/wisconsin/removingweedbarrier.jpg" alt="A student removing weed barrier"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/wisconsin/weedbarrierremoval.jpg" alt="A student removing weed barrier"> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53308 Reclamation Awards $8.6 Million Contract for Construction of Orchard Mesa Irrigation District’s Regulating Reservoir
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded an $8.6 million contract for construction of the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District’s regulating reservoir on behalf of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. The contract was awarded to Kissner General Contractors, Inc. from Cedaredge, Colorado. <P> Construction of the 74 acre-foot regulating reservoir on Orchard Mesa, Colorado, is the next feature to be built on the OMID’s Canal System’s Improvement Project. Major features of the project include: construction of the regulating reservoir, upgraded check structures in canals, installation of remote monitoring systems, replacement of some open earth laterals with pressurized pipeline, and improved operational procedures. <P> The improvements will provide a more reliable water supply throughout the canal system and conserve approximately 17,000 acre-feet per year. This water will also benefit endangered fishes, wildlife, and river recreation in the important “15-Mile” reach of the Colorado River downstream of Palisade, Colorado. <P> Construction on the regulating reservoir will begin in spring 2016 and be completed in spring 2017. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53189 Students Today Leaders Forever Volunteer for a Service Project at Grand Junction Wildlife Area
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Approximately 45 participants in “Students Today Leaders Forever” from the University of Wisconsin are volunteering to cut and remove weed barrier material from around cottonwood trees at the Grand Junction Wildlife Area. This project will ensure the health and growth of trees planted in the wildlife area 17 years ago. The trees are important because they provide wildlife habitat, soil stabilization, erosion control, and a measure of flood control. <P> Shannon Hatch, Restoration Coordinator for the Tamarisk Coalition said, “We are fortunate the “Students Today Leaders Forever” program reached out to the Desert Rivers Collaborative for a service activity and we are excited to be able to host them at one of Grand Junction’s preeminent wildlife habitat areas.” <P> The project at Grand Junction Wildlife Area is one of many being undertaken by Reclamation, the Tamarisk Coalition, and other partners associated with the Desert Rivers Collaborative. The Collaborative is a multi-stakeholder partnership focused on improving the habitat along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. <P> This project with “Students Today Leaders Forever,” is one of the larger volunteer events to be coordinated by the Desert Rivers Collaborative. The students will have the opportunity to learn about riparian restoration while providing invaluable assistance in helping improve critical wildlife habitat near the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. <P> Student leaders with the Wisconsin Chapter of “Students Today Leaders Forever” organized a “Pay It Forward” bus tour from Madison, Wisconsin to Salt Lake City, Utah. They will be helping with five community projects as they travel to Salt Lake City. “Students Today Leaders Forever” was started in 2003 with a group of college students from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who wanted to change the way college kids are viewed in society. <P> What: Media are invited to tour the project site and interview representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation, Tamarisk Coalition, and Students Today Leaders Forever. Please wear tennis shoes or hiking boots; you will need to walk through brush to get to the interview site. <P> When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. <P> Where: Grand Junction Wildlife Area, 25 ¾ Road and C ½ Road at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. <P> How: To RSVP and get a map to the Grand Junction Wildlife Area, contact Justyn Liff with the Bureau of Reclamation at 970-248-0625 or jliff@usbr.gov by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53169 Rio Grande Operating Agreement Draft EIS Available
Albuquerque, N.M. – The draft Environmental Impact Statement for the continued implementation of the 2008 Operating Agreement for the Rio Grande Project is available for review and comment. <P> The document was prepared to analyze the environmental effects of continuing to implement the Operating Agreement until 2050. The Operating Agreement fulfills obligations in the Bureau of Reclamation’s contracts with the Elephant Butte Irrigation District and El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1. The proposed action is also to implement long-term contracts for storage of San Juan-Chama Project water in Elephant Butte Reservoir, where Reclamation would execute a multiyear contract through 2050 to store 50,000 acre-feet per year. <P> The document is available at the Bureau of Reclamation website at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/albuq/rm/RGP/index.html. <P> Copies of the document are also available for public review at the following locations: <P> • Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102. <P> • Bureau of Reclamation, El Paso Field Division, 10737 Gateway West, Suite 350, El Paso, Texas, 79935. <P> • Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC, 20240-0001. <P> • Elephant Butte Irrigation District, 530 South Melendres Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88005. <P> • El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, 13247 Alameda Avenue, Clint, Texas, 79836. <P> • El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, Canutillo Office, 7254 La Junta Drive, Canutillo, Texas, 79835. <P> The Rio Grande Project extends from Elephant Butte in southern New Mexico down to west Texas. Its facilities include Elephant Butte and Caballo Dams and Reservoirs; Percha, Leasburg, Mesilla, American and International Diversion Dams; and canals and drains. <P> Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey developed a detailed hydrologic model to simulate operations under the alternatives under potential future hydrologic conditions, including climate change scenarios. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct two public hearings to gather comments on this draft environmental impact statement. The meetings are scheduled as follows: <P> First Public Meeting: Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at Reclamation’s Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway Ave. N.E., Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico. <P> Second Public Meeting: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, 530 South Melendres Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico. <P> The public is invited to provide oral or written testimony at the hearings. A court recorder will be available to take comments from the public before a hearing officer during this time. Written comments on the Draft EIS should be submitted on or before Monday, May 9, 2016. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53168 Public comment period extended for Glen Canyon Dam LTEMP draft environmental impact Statement
PAGE, Ariz.—In response to several requests for an extension, the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the National Park Service (NPS), is extending the public comment period for the Glen Canyon Dam Long-term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The public comment period for the DEIS was originally scheduled to end on Thursday, April 7, 2016, but has been extended to May 9, 2016. Reclamation and the NPS will accept comments that are received or postmarked by that date. <P> A Federal Register notice of the extension will be published in the near future. <P> The LTEMP is a proposed framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for power and water users while protecting environmental and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River ecosystem. <P> For more information about the draft EIS, visit http://ltempeis.anl.gov. <P> To submit a comment, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=39292. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53150 Irrigation to Begin on Rio Grande Project
Elephant Butte, N.M. – The irrigation season is set to begin on the Rio Grande Project in southern New Mexico. <P> Releases from Elephant Butte Reservoir will begin on Monday March 21 to move the water to Caballo Reservoir in preparation for irrigation. The initial release from Elephant Butte will begin at 8 a.m. and will go up to 600 cubic feet per second that day. The release rate will double on March 25. The release from Caballo Dam will begin March 26 at 550 cubic feet per second. <P> The dry riverbeds below both reservoirs will take on water quickly and the water will begin to flow downstream. The public is asked to stay out of the river channels for their safety. Flows will fluctuate according to the downstream irrigation demands. <P> The Rio Grande Project is used to irrigate lands in the Elephant Butte Irrigation District in southern New Mexico and in the El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 in far west Texas. The Rio Grande Project also supplies water to Mexico in accordance with 1906 international treaty. In addition, water from the project is used for municipal and Industrial purposes by the city of El Paso, Texas. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53020 Reclamation Releases a Final Environmental Assessment for Piping the Zanni Lateral of the Crawford Clipper Ditch
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Finding of No Significant Impact and final environmental assessment on the Zanni Lateral of the Crawford Clipper Ditch located in Delta County, Colorado. <P> The project will replace approximately 1.7 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried water pipeline. The purpose of the project is to improve the efficiency of water delivery to canal users and reduce salinity loading in the Colorado River Basin. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact are available at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53000 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Assessment for Installation of Non-Native Predatory Fish Escapement Net in Elkhead Reservoir
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for the installation of a non-native predatory fish escapement net in Elkhead Reservoir located near Craig, Colorado. <P> The net will prevent non-native game fish in Elkhead Reservoir from escaping from the reservoir spillway and into the river. Research has shown that the escape of non-native fish from Elkhead Reservoir is diminishing the recovery efforts of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact are available at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52807 Interior to Hold Public Meetings, Webinar on Draft EIS for Glen Canyon Dam LTEMP
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies will host two public meetings, February 22 and 25, in Flagstaff and Tempe and a public webinar, March 1, to answer questions and discuss the recently-released DOI draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed long-term environmental management plan (LTEMP) for Glen Canyon Dam. <P> These events are open to the general public and will include subject matter experts from both the National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation who will be available to answer questions about the details of the draft EIS and the LTEMP. The meetings are scheduled as follows: <P> Public Meeting #1: Flagstaff, Arizona Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:00 pm MST USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center 2255 N. Gemini Road, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 Directions/Map Click here to Register for Meeting or visit: http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/register/index.cfm?/055D541A0C755D8A/index.htm <P> Public Meeting #2: Tempe, Arizona Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:00 pm MST Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe 4400 S. Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona 85282 Directions/Map Click here to Register for Meeting or visit: http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/register/index.cfm?/055D541A0C755CCF/index.htm <P> Public Webinar: Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 1:00 pm MST Meeting URL: https://ucbor-events.webex.com/ucbor-events/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea09e3ffe7c4f4747383c7646a898b164 Phone Number: 888-390-1272. Passcode: 5747082 Click here to Register for Meeting or visit: http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/register/index.cfm?/055D541A0C755BFA/index.htm <P> The LTEMP is a DOI-proposed framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for power and water users while protecting environmental and cultural resources in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, and the Colorado River ecosystem. The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed LTEMP was released to the public January 8, 2016, and will be available for review and comment until April 7, 2016. <P> The National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation led the examination of seven possible alternatives in the draft EIS, including a preferred alternative that would provide assurances for water and power users while mitigating adverse impacts on Grand Canyon National Park. Research and proposed experimental actions under the plan will preserve and improve the resources in Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon while continuing to ensure that water and power needs are met. <P> The EIS is available for public review at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/LTEMPEIS. To submit a comment, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/LTEMPEIS. For more information about the draft EIS, visit http://ltempeis.anl.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52787 Reclamation Releases a Draft Environmental Assessment for Habitat Restoration Project
Albuquerque, NM. – Reclamation’s Environmental Assessment for the San Acacia Habitat Restoration Project from River Mile 116 to 99 is available for public review and comment. The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission is proposing to implement habitat restoration projects along a 17-mile reach of the Middle Rio Grande immediately downstream of the San Acacia Diversion Dam in Socorro County. The area for proposed restoration sites is managed by Reclamation and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. <P> The proposed project would create approximately 14 acres of off-channel aquatic habitat at five sites along the river within the San Acacia Reach. The project design would benefit the federally listed Rio Grande silvery minnow by providing low velocity habitat and improving connection of the river with its floodplain. The project would also benefit the federally listed southwestern willow flycatcher and the yellow-billed cuckoo, as well as the Middle Rio Grande ecosystem as a whole. The proposed activities would include reconfiguring the current channel and bankline, reconnecting floodplains, and removing non-native vegetation. <P> The Environmental Assessment describes and analyzes the construction of the five habitat restoration sites. A copy of the document can be obtained at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html or by contacting Ann Demint at the Albuquerque Office (505-462-3654) or Sabrina Baldonado at the Socorro Field Division Office (575-835-1202). Reclamation will consider all comments postmarked by February 25, 2016, before preparing the final EA. Written comments can be submitted by email to ademint@usbr.gov or mailed to: Ann Demint, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87109. <P>