Arkansas Valley Conduit: Reclamation public open houses July 17 and 18

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Here’s the release from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Who: Neighboring communities, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District need your help.

Why: Access to private land is needed in order to conduct geology and environmental studies for the proposed Arkansas Valley Conduit. The AVC would bring clean and safe drinking water to Arkansas River valley communities.

What: The proposed AVC is a feature of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project that was never built, but its possibilities are now being investigated. Pipeline routes are being analyzed and engineering details are being designed. Collection of soil and geotechnical data from land parcels in eastern Colorado as well as environmental resource investigations will help with this planning process. The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the effects of this proposed project.

By allowing access to your land, Reclamation engineers and their contractors might dig or drill for soil samples, or record environmental data, which includes cultural or biological resources. Residents in the area might also see drill rigs or survey crews on adjacent properties.

Where: If constructed, the pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir would bring drinking water to communities east of Pueblo to Lamar in the Arkansas Valley.

When: This summer through 2013, the Bureau of Reclamation is conducting its geotechnical study,
drill sampling program, and cultural and biological resource studies to analyze possible pipeline routes and design project features. Public hearings for the environmental impact statement will be held in September 2012.

To obtain more information regarding right of entry on private lands for the AVC Project:

1. Attend local public open houses hosted by City of Las Animas, McClave Water Association, and Hasty Water Company. Each meeting will run from 6-8 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 17, 2012, Hasty Fire House, South Main Street, Hasty, CO
• Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Las Animas City Hall, 532 Carson St., Las Animas, CO

2. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov/avceis.

More Arkansas Valley Conduit coverage here and here.

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