Reclamation releases Final Environmental Assessment for Fire Mountain Canal Salinity Reduction Project

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

For Release: September 24, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released a final Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment on the Fire Mountain Canal Salinity Reduction Piping Project located in Delta County, Colorado. The project will replace approximately 3.67 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe. The purpose of the project is to prevent seepage and reduce salinity loading in the Colorado River Basin.

The final EA/FONSI was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html, or a copy can be requested by contacting Reclamation. Additionally, historical and photographic documentation on the Fire Mountain Canal is available at www.usbr.gov/uc/wcao/rm/cr/index.html.

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