Powderhorn snowmaking gets draft approval — The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

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From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel:

Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s goal of adding top-to-bottom snowmaking is dependent on a reservoir and pipeline project.

That project cleared another hurdle on Friday with the announcement of a draft approval.

The draft decision from the Grand Valley Ranger District authorizes the construction of a snowmaking supply pipeline, a pump house, an intake pad, and also the Rim View Connector Trail for mountain biking.

The decision includes an environmental assessment of the project.

The draft decision now initiates a 45-day period where objections can be filed. Individuals who submitted written comments during the combined scoping and comment period in September 2019 have standing to file an objection to the draft decision.

Objections must be submitted by mail, express delivery, messenger service, or hand delivery to Objection Reviewing Officer, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 1617 Cole Blvd. Bldg. 17, Golden, CO 80401. Email objections can be submitted at SM.FS.r02admin-rev@usda.gov.

The first phase of the project will connect Powderhorn to Anderson Reservoir No. 2 with a pipeline that can supply up to 140 acre-feet, or around 45.6 million gallons of water, to the snowmaking system.

The environmental assessment and other documentation can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56710/

Information: Bryan West, Project Leader, at (303) 275-5276, or bryan.west@usda.gov.

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