Current Planning Efforts

Plaza Waverly Powerline Upgrade

The BLM San Luis Valley Field Office has released the final environmental assessment for a proposed power line upgrade. The SLV Rural Electric Cooperative proposed to upgrade approximately 35 miles of a 69kV power line to an 115kV from the Waverly Substation to the Plaza Substation.  The height and structure of the proposed poles would not change significantly from the current structures. The final environmental assessment and its supporting documents are below:

Alamosa River Watershed Restoration 

The State of Colorado and the United States recovered $5,000,000 for natural resource damages caused by releases of hazardous substances from the Summitville Mine site. The natural resource Trustees for the Summitville Restoration Case prepared the Alamosa River Watershed Restoration Master Plan and Environmental Assessment in July 2005. The Trustees are:

  • U.S. DOI, represented by: the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, represented by: the U.S. Forest Service
  • The State of Colorado represented by: the Attorney General’s Office, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, and the Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources

The Master Plan addresses environmental concerns in the Alamosa River Watershed, including natural resource injuries and losses of resource uses. It summarizes current environmental conditions, including the natural resources potentially injured or lost in the Alamosa River Watershed as a result of releases of hazardous substances from the Summitville Mine Superfund Site. The Master Plan presents restoration goals and options for the identified resource injuries and service losses for the Alamosa River basin.

Alamosa River Water Rights Acquisition for In-stream Flow Project