Western Colorado Area Office

The Western Colorado Area Office consists of two offices, located in Grand Junction and Durango, and several field offices with projects encompassing western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and northeastern Arizona. The office is responsible for Reclamation projects and program activities in the Upper Colorado, Gunnison, Yampa, White, Dolores, Uncompahgre, Animas, and San Juan river basins and works with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Nation, and Navajo Nation, as well as numerous water user organizations.

News and Highlights

  • News Release – June 22, 2021

    Reclamation promotes hydropower development with contract negotiations for the Vinelands Power Plant lease of power privilege

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Bureau of Reclamation invites members of the press and public to the third virtual meeting with the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and Grand Valley Water Users Association to negotiate a lease of power privilege contract. The lease will deliver on a Department of the Interior commitment to facilitate development of non-federal hydropower generation on Reclamation projects. The proposed Vinelands Power Plant would be constructed near Palisade, Colorado, adjacent to the existing Grand Valley Power Plant. The federally owned Grand Valley Power Plant will be decommissioned. Read More 

  • News Release – September 1, 2020

    Reclamation solicits proposals for hydropower development at Taylor Park Dam

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Department of the Interior is delivering on its promise to facilitate the development of non-federal hydropower on Reclamation projects by soliciting proposals to lease the right to develop hydroelectric power at Taylor Park Dam, part of the Uncompahgre Project, located near Gunnison, Colorado, under a Lease of Power Privilege. An LOPP is a contractual right given to a non-federal entity to use a Reclamation facility for electric power generation consistent with Reclamation project purposes. Read More 

  • News Release – January 31, 2020

    Reclamation extends comment period on alternatives to reduce salinity and improve water quality in the Colorado River

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation is extending the public comment period on a draft Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes alternatives to reduce salinity in the Colorado River from sources in the Paradox Valley in western Colorado. The public comment period now closes February 19, 2020. Read More 

Last Updated: 9/2/21