Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Assessment for Phase II of Piping Cattleman's Ditches

Media Contact: Justyn Liff, 970-248-0625, jliff@usbr.gov
Lesley McWhirter, 970-248-0608, lmcwhirter@usbr.gov

For Release: October 02, 2017

Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Assessment for Phase II of Piping Cattleman’s Ditches

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a finding of no significant impact and final environmental assessment on Phase II of the Cattleman’s Ditches Piping Project located in Montrose County, Colorado. The project will replace approximately 6.1 miles of open irrigation ditch with 5.1 miles of buried water pipeline. The purpose of the project is to reduce salinity loading in the Colorado River Basin.

Construction will begin fall 2017 and be completed spring of 2019. The final FONSI and EA are available online at www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html.

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