Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Orchard Ranch Ditch Piping Project

Media Contact: Justyn Liff, 970-248-0625,
Jenny Ward, 970-248-0625,

For Release: December 19, 2017

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Environmental Assessment on the Orchard Ranch Ditch Piping Project located in Delta County, Colorado. The project would replace approximately 2.61 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipeline. The purpose of the project is to prevent seepage and reduce salinity loading in the Colorado River Basin.

The draft environmental assessment is available online at or a copy can be requested by contacting Reclamation.

Reclamation will consider all comments received by Friday, January 19, 2018. Submit comments by email to or to: Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

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