Attached you will find a copy of today's news release (www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=37483) announcing the availability and public comment period of the Draft Environmental Assessment on the Colorado Water Users' Commitment to Provide 10825 acre-feet to the 15-Mile Reach of the Upper Colorado River.
The public comment period is open until October 24, 2011. The Draft EA can be viewed from our main website (www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao), our Ruedi website (www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/ruedi.html), or our National Environmental Policy Act website (www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/quarterly.cfm#ecao).
We will be hosting two public open houses--addresses are in the news release. The first will be Oct. 11 in El Jebel. The second will be Oct. 12 in Hot Sulphur Springs. Both will run from 6-8 p.m.
We are accepting written comments on the draft EA through October 24. To submit a comment, please provide it in writing via e-mail or regular mail to the attention of Lucy Maldonado at firstname.lastname@example.org or 11056 W. County Rd 18E, Loveland, Colo. 80537.
The websites also contain our most recent updates on water operations and other activities going on across Reclamation's Eastern Colorado Area Office.
As always, please let me know if you have any related questions. I'm in the office for the remainder of the afternoon today, Friday the 23rd.
Public Information Officer
Bureau of Reclamation
Eastern Colorado Area Office