Reclamation releases final Environmental Assessment for East Side Laterals Piping Project, Phase 9

Media Contact: Justyn Liff, 970-248-0625,
Lesley McWhirter, 970-248-0608,

For Release: November 29, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released a final Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment on the East Side Lateral Piping Project, Phase 9 in Delta and Montrose Counties, Colorado. The project will replace approximately 20.4 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, or a copy can be requested by contacting Reclamation. Additionally, historical and photographic documentation on the laterals effected by this project are available at

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