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Public Scoping for Salinity Control in the Paradox Valley

October 15, 2012
by John Weisheit

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HAS BEEN REOPENED AND COMMENTS ARE DUE NOVEMBER 26, 2012

Click here to read the Federal Register Notice

Click here to study the scoping meeting presentation

Click here to visit Reclamation's site for this EIS

Send your comments regarding the scope and content of the EIS should be sent to:

Mr. Terence Stroh,
Bureau of Reclamation, Western
Colorado Area Office, 2764 Compass
Drive, Suite 106, Grand Junction,
Colorado 81506; telephone (970) 248
0608; facsimile (970) 2480601

email at paradoxeis@usbr.gov 

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Note: The first round of the scoping comment period closed on January 31, 2012.

Click here to read the scoping letter from Living Rivers et al.

Click here to read the comments of an NGO coalition and also here

Click here to read the scoping report (February, 2013)

 

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The existing deep-injection well, completed in 1988 by Reclamation, is nearing the end of its useful life and action will be needed by Reclamation to continue long term salinity control at the Paradox Unit. A new injection well alternative and an evaporation pond alternative, as well as other alternatives are being considered for future brine disposal. Reclamation intends to conduct a study/Environmental Impact Statement to develop and evaluate alternatives for the continued operations of the Paradox Unit.

As part of this study, the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum (Forum) has requested that Reclamation develop a pilot study to gather information to evaluate the use of evaporation ponds as an alternative to deep well injection to control salt brine from entering the Dolores River near Bedrock, Colorado. The Forum is comprised of representatives appointed by the governors from the respective states in the Colorado River Basin (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and was created for interstate cooperation and to provide the states with the information necessary to reduce salinity concentrations in the Colorado River and to comply with Section 303 (a) and (b) of the Clean Water Act.

Paradox Valley salinity control scoping documents

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