Reclamation Proposes Salinity Loading Reduction With the Grand Valley Irrigation Company’s Phase 4 – 540 Canal Lining Project

Media Contact: Mark Wernke , (970) 248-0643, mwernke@usbr.gov
Jenny Ward , (970) 248-0651, jward@usbr.gov

For Release: November 20, 2017

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental assessment on Grand Valley Irrigation Company’s Phase 4 – 540 Canal Lining Project located in Mesa County, Colorado. The project would line approximately 1.64 miles of open irrigation ditch with an impervious liner covered with shotcrete. The purpose of the project is to reduce salinity loading in the Colorado River Basin.

The draft environmental assessment is available online at www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html or a copy can be requested by contacting Reclamation.

Reclamation will consider all comments received by Friday, December 1, 2017. Submit comments by email to jward@usbr.gov or to: Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

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