It is a positive step forward in providing a clean and efficient water supply for many Colorado communities, while also ensuring we remain diligent stewards of our natural resources.
Billings, Montana (Vocus) March 23, 2009
The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Southern Delivery System. The SDS is a non-federal water delivery pipeline that would run from Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs, Colo. It will connect to Pueblo Dam and require water contracts between Colorado Springs Utilities and the Bureau of Reclamation.
Michael Ryan, Regional Director for Reclamation's Great Plains Region, signed the Record of Decision later Friday afternoon.
"We have completed the environmental compliance and have provided the public with a detailed report on the impacts of the Southern Delivery System," said Ryan. "It is a positive step forward in providing a clean and efficient water supply for many Colorado communities, while also ensuring we remain diligent stewards of our natural resources."
Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera also gave his thoughts on Reclamation's review of the project, saying, "This is a critical milestone toward making the Southern Delivery System and the water it will provide for our future a reality. Reclamation's review of SDS was lengthy, thorough and complete and we ended up with a better project as a result."
Reclamation prepared its Environmental Impact Statement in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The Final EIS was released last month and is available at http://www.sdseis.com. The signing of the ROD concludes the NEPA process.
For more information on the Record of Decision for the Southern Delivery System EIS, please visit the http://www.sdseis.com website. To obtain a hard copy of the ROD, please contact Kara Lamb at (970) 962-4326.
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at http://www.usbr.gov.
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