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Reclamation Announces Public Meeting on Lake Durango Water Pipeline

Media Contact: Phillip Rieger, 970-385-6515,
Justyn Hock, 970-248-0625,

For Release: November 07, 2014

DURANGO, Colo. – Reclamation announced today that the public is invited to attend a meeting about La Plata West Water Authority's proposal to construct a 4.6-mile raw water pipeline from Lake Nighthorse to Lake Durango. The meeting is on Tuesday, November 18 at 6 p.m., in the Eolus Room at the Durango Community Recreation Center.

The purpose of the public meeting is to provide information about the pipeline project. Under the National Environmental Policy Act, Reclamation is required to disclose the environmental impacts of the proposal and is in the process of developing an environmental assessment. Reclamation is seeking input from the public regarding issues or concerns that should be considered in the environmental assessment.

LPWWA is proposing the water pipeline to meet the current and future needs for domestic water supply in western La Plata County. The proposed right-of-way project crosses lands administered by Reclamation as well as private property.

Reclamation will consider all comments received prior to preparing a final environmental assessment. Written comments can be submitted to Phillip Rieger Bureau of Reclamation, 185 Suttle St. Ste. 2, Durango, CO 81301.

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