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Draft Environmental Assessment
Shavano Falls Hydropower Project

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The proposed action is for the Bureau of Reclamation to execute a Lease of Power Privilege to the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association for hydropower development at existing Bureau of Reclamation facilities on the Montrose and Delta Canal of the federal Uncompahgre Project. The LOPP would authorize the use of federal facilities and Uncompahgre Project water to construct, operate and maintain 2.8 megawatt hydropower facilities at a location known as "Shavano Falls." The proposed hydropower project would be located in Montrose County, Colorado, approximately 6.8 miles west of the town of Montrose, Colorado.

The hydropower project would be located in a section of the M&D Canal between the CP Lateral and CQ Lateral headgates downstream of Coal Creek. This section of the M&D Canal drops approximately 184 ft to Coal Creek and creates the Shavano Falls. Water that currently goes over Shavano Falls would be diverted into a penstock and through the hydropower plant before returning to the M&D Canal and CQ Lateral to meet irrigation delivery demands downstream. The project also includes a 0.9 mile overhead interconnection line across private lands to bring the hydropower produced at that site to the power grid.

 Final Environmental Assessment
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 Finding of No Significant Impact
2.0 MB



Last updated: June 12, 2014